Richard James Beasley, 53, faced the death penalty for the murder of several men who responded to his classified ad on Craigslist. In this video, Summit County, Ohio Judge Lynne S. Callahan reads the jury’s decision.
CNN reported yesterday that the Summit County, Ohio jurors, after convicting Beasley of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and other charges, unanimously recommended that he be sentenced to death for his crimes. Judge Callahan has yet to issue the formal sentence.
In November 2011, Scott Davis of South Carolina was held at gunpoint in the woods outside the 688-acre cattle farm where he had shown up for work in response to the online ad.
Davis escaped with a wound in his arm and reported the incident to local authorities, who connected his shooting with other people who had gone missing in the area.
“Beasley was the man, the jury determined, who pulled the trigger, killing Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron, Ohio; David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Virginia; and Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, Ohio,” CNN wrote.
His accomplice, then 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow, Ohio, was also convicted in connection with the murders and faces three life sentences without the possibility of parole.