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Summit judge sentences Akron's Craigslist killer to die
Richard Beasley was convicted of killing three and trying to kill a fourth

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

Akron’s “Craigslist” killer has been sentenced to death.

Summit County Judge Lynn Callahan  opted for death for 53-year-old Richard Beasley this morning, following a recommendation last month by the jury that convicted him of killing three men and trying to kill a fourth. 

Beasley lured most of his victims to a farm in southern Ohio through a jobs ad on Craigslist. He and his then 16-year-old accomplice, Brogan Rafferty, shot three men to death: 56-year-old Ralph Geiger, 51-year-old David Pauley and 47-year-old Timothy Kern. A fourth man, Scott Davis, escaped and that’s how authorities discovered the bodies of the other three.

Rafferty was sentenced earlier to life in prison.

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