Ohio Sentences Craigslist Killer to Death
Richard Beasley killed 3 men seeking farm jobs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
In this Feb 27, 2013 file photo, Richard Beasley smiles at sister Sherri Beasley as he is wheeled into Summit County courtroom in Akron, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Mike Cardew, Pool)

(Newser) – A self-styled street preacher who teamed up with a high school student in a deadly plot to lure men with bogus Craigslist job offers has been sentenced to death. A judge in Akron sentenced 53-year-old Richard Beasley today; the jury that convicted him recommended last week that he be executed. Beasley was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to lure men with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio. Three men were killed and a fourth wounded.

Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty, then 16, was too young to face the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole last year. All the victims were down-and-out men looking for a fresh start, prosecutors said repeatedly during the trial. Survivor Scott Davis, now 49, testified that he heard the click of a gun as he walked in front of Beasley at the "job site" in Noble County. Davis, who was shot in the arm, knocked the weapon aside, fled into the woods, and tipped off police.

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vlad
Apr 5, 2013 3:36 PM CDT
piece of dirt will sit in prison for decades while we support him , and his attorneys try to get his sentence overturned or commuted !
Humanitys_Children
Apr 5, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
I don't believe in the death penalty as a system primarily because its too final a way since we now understand how broken the legal system truly is. I do however believe that on a case by case basis, there are those who MUST be executed. Still I don't smile at this, this is an unfortunate but very necessary thing to do. There are those who are simply evil. He planned and carried out these murders and corrupted a young boy and ruined his life as well. Tomorrow there is another nut out there somewhere. Is there hope yet for humanity to survive?
mind_riot
Apr 5, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
hey col sanders looks like you will be the one deep fried this time . buh buy