Summit County jury recommends that craigslist killer Richard Beasley be sentenced to death.
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RAW: Hugs in courtroom after Beasley sentencing
AKRON, Ohio - An Akron jury has recommended that Richard Beasley, the man convicted of murdering men by luring them with a phony craigslist job ad, die for the crimes.
Jurors deliberated for a little less than three hours before reaching the decision. Last week, the jury found Beasley guilty on all 26 counts, including multiple charges of aggravated murder. Beasley lured men, down on their luck, through a craigslist ad that promised a job as a caretaker on a large farm in Noble County.
Ralph Geiger, of Akron, and David Pauley, of Va., were shot and buried in shallow graves in a wooded area in Caldwell, Ohio.
Timothy Kern, of Massillon, was shot and buried in a similar grave behind Rolling Acres Mall in Akron.
A fourth man, Scott Davis, of S.C., was shot by Beasley in Noble County, but he escaped and was a key witness against Beasley during the trial.
"I feel my brother is a hero," said Lori Hildreth, Davis' sister.
Meanwhile, juror Dave Martin said he's glad the families are getting some peace now. He said it was a difficult decision.
"It was a death sentence. Very difficult," he said.
Beasley's mother was in the courtroom when the decision was read.
"Just pray for me," Carol Beasley said as she left. "Pray for Richard. Pray for the victims' families."
The judge has set a sentencing date of March 26 at 1:15 p.m.