Stow teen's sentencing hearing continued

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by Mariana Silva | Reporter Akron -- No deal was reached to grant leniency in the sentence for the Stow teen found guilty for his participation in the so-called Craigslist murders, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 8. According to the Ohio Attorney General's office, no plea agreement had been reached as of Nov. 8. The office could not elaborate on whether a deal is actually being pursued in the case. A gag order imposed by Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lynne S. Callahan is still in place for attorneys and family members On Oct. 30, a jury found Brogan Rafferty, 17, guilty of participating in the murder of three man and shooting of another last November. He was to be sentenced Nov. 5, but in a joint motion, defense and prosecution attorneys agreed to continue Rafferty's sentencing to Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Results of the Nov. 9 hearing were not available at press time. The Associated Press reported on Nov. 5 that the teen's mother, Yvette Rafferty Snyder, said the delay is "probably" related to a possible deal for leniency in return for the teen's testimony against Richard Beasley, 53, of Akron, also accused in the case. Rafferty and Beasley were charged in the deaths of Ralph Geiger, 56; David Pauley, 51; and Timothy Kern, 47; and in the shooting of Scott Davis, 49. The teen was found guilty of 24 counts, including nine counts of aggravated murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted murder. Rafferty was also found guilty of multiple counts of kidnapping, theft, petty theft and receiving stolen property. Because he is a juvenile, Rafferty is not eligible for death penalty. The AP reported the teen could face up to life in prison without chance of parole. Authorities believe the victims answered a bogus job offer for a caretaker in farm posted on Craigslist last year. During testimony, Rafferty pointed to Beasley as his spiritual mentor and the one who shot and killed the victims. The teen said Beasley threatened him into participating in the killings. Beasley's trial is scheduled to begin in January. He is being held at the Summit County Jail on charges related to this case as well as prostitution charges. Email: msilva@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9429

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