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Jury Recommends Death for 'Craigslist Killer'

Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 08:51 PM EDT
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A jury in Ohio has recommended the death penalty for
a triple killer who lured victims with bogus Craigslist job offers.
  
The
Akron jury that convicted 53-year-old Richard Beasley made its
recommendation Wednesday after hearing from witnesses on his behalf.
Beasley's mother and a psychologist portrayed him as a man suffering
from depression and other problems after a troubled, abusive childhood.
  
The
self-styled street preacher was convicted of teaming up with a teenager
in 2011 to lure men with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio and
to rob them. Three men were killed, and a fourth was wounded.
  
Beasley's
co-defendant, then 16, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan
Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on
his conviction last year.

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