Nichole Hannahs

Beasley Found Guilty

by Nichole Hannahs on March 13, 2013 at 5:48 am

 A jury in northern Ohio has found 53-year-old Richard Beasley guilty in the deaths of three men lured with phony Craigslist job offers. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine along with Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Beasley was found guilty of nine counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping, four counts of having a weapon under disability, one count of identity fraud, one count of grand theft and two counts of petty theft.

In November of 2011, the Noble County Sheriff Office reported finding the body of a Norfolk, Virginia man in a shallow grave. It was in the same area that a South Carolina man was shot. The crimes were tied to Beasley. 

Prosecutors said that Beasley was the gunman in the plot to lure victims with phony job offers with a student he mentored. Brogan Rafferty who was 16-years-old when he was convicted for his part in the crimes and faces life in prison without the chance for parole.

The jury will return March 20 to determine whether or not Beasley will receive the death penalty.