Ohio sentencing for killing Craigslist jobseekers

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A triple killer who lured victims with bogus job offers on Craigslist faces a possible death sentence when a judge decides his punishment in Ohio.

Judge Lynne Callahan in Akron scheduled sentencing Thursday morning for 53-year-old Richard Beasley. He was convicted last month by a jury that recommended the death sentence.

The judge could reduce the sentence to life in prison.

Beasley, a self-styled street preacher, and a teenage companion lured victims with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio and robbed them. Three men were killed and a fourth was wounded in 2011.

Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty, then 16, was too young to face the death penalty. The same judge sentenced him to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.

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