Ohio Craigslist Killer Guilty, Could Get Death
Richard Beasley masterminded plot to kill jobseekers
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
Beasley's accomplice Brogan Rafferty was sentenced Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 to life in prison with no chance for parole.   (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr., Pool)

(Newser) – The Ohio street preacher who masterminded a plot to kill jobseekers lured to an Ohio town by ads on Craigslist has been found guilty of killing three men. Relatives of the three victims hugged and Richard Beasley, 53, slumped forward in his wheelchair as the verdict was read out, the AP reports. "I'm satisfied, I'm satisfied. I didn't have a doubt," said the father of victim Timothy Kern, a 47-year-old who was slain after responding to an ad for a farmhand job.

Beasley was also convicted of wounding a fourth man, who managed to escape from Beasley and teen accomplice Brogan Rafferty after being shot in the arm. Rafferty, who was 16 at the time of the murders, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last fall. The same jury that found Beasley guilty will reconvene next week to decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

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Mar 13, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
Is that ' Beasley ' or ' Beastly?'
Mar 13, 2013 11:07 AM CDT
Please re-write headline to read "should get death--and soon". I'm sorry, anti-death penalty crowd but I cannot condone allowing "thrill killers" to waste the precious atmosphere of earth by continuing to breathe.
Mar 13, 2013 7:14 AM CDT
Ok, I have no idea why anybody would want to do what these idiots did. Exactly what would they get out of doing this, why do it at all? Makes no sense to me & I am hardly what anyone would call normal lol