Stories tagged with: West

October 27, 2010 - 3:15pm
4 years 40 weeks ago

A Blue Rock man says he’s guilty of a gas station robbery. 22-year-old Cody West appeared in Common Pleas Court accused of the robbery of the Starfire Gas Station on Pershing Road. West pled guilty in front of Judge Fleegle today. The robbery occurred on August 18th just before 6:00 am. Police say West entered the station, demanded cash and took part of a physical struggle with a male store employee. Judge Fleegle ordered a pre-sentence investigation and continued West’...

February 11, 2010 - 6:03pm
5 years 24 weeks ago

A convicted child murderer is appearing before the parole board Thursday. Now his victim's family is anxiously waiting to learn his fate.

Shirley West says the death of her granddaughter, Sara, is always on her mind. Thursday Sara's killer, Billy Joe Shafer, will go up for his first parole hearing since Sara's murder on Valentine's Day in 1993.

"Its been a long time coming and its been awfully rough at times and you think some times you can't get through the day and...

January 6, 2010 - 5:54pm
5 years 29 weeks ago

The mother of a murdered child is using the Internet to keep her daughter's killer behind bars.

Sara West was brutality sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered by Billy Shafer in 1993. Now Tracy Hickman, Sara's mother, is using the website to help send a message to the parole board. Billy is set to go up for parole in early February. Tracy says she worked with the site's creator Bret Vinocher to have Sara's case featured on the site. The site

January 3, 2010 - 10:21pm
5 years 30 weeks ago

With the first parole hearing quickly approaching for a convicted murderer, the victim's family is rallying support from the community to keep him behind bars. WHIZ's Katie Jeffries has the story.

"He is a monster, there ain't no other way to say it, he should never get out of prison," says Danny Shafer, Billy Joe Shafer's father.

Two garbage bags sat at the West family rally as a gruesome reminder of the fate of five-year-old Sara West. On Valentine's Day in...

December 4, 2009 - 6:16pm
5 years 34 weeks ago

A Muskingum County teenager convicted of murder nearly two decades ago will soon be up for parole, but the victim's grandmother is making it her duty to keep him behind bars.

On Feburary 14th, 1993, Sara West, 5, was brutally raped, tortured and murdered by her babysitter Billy Joe Shafer, 16. He was found guilty of aggravated murder.

"In his confessions he said that he had planned to kill somebody and was just waiting for the opportune moment,"...

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