AKRON -- A man convicted of killing three men by luringthem with a bogus job offer has been sentenced to death.
Judge Lynne Callahan imposed three death sentences for Beasley at a hearing this morning.The same jury that convicted Beasley had recommended the death penalty last month.
The three victims were lured to their deaths by a phony job posting on Craigslist for a farmhand job in eastern Ohio. A fourth victim escaped.
Families of the victims spoke in court during the sentencing hearing.
DebraBruce, victim David Pauley's twin sister, told Beasley, "Every time I hear you referred to as a preacher, chaplin or man of God, I am sickened. No true man of God would take lives."
"I told David...Iwould not rest until those who were responsible were brought to justice. Today my brother can rest in peace," Bruce said.
The most powerful statements came from Scott Davis, the only survivor of the attack.
"Everything you said was a lie. Except maybe your name, and I'm not sure about that," Davis told Beasley. "I'm sure you know the 10 commandments; you've broken all of them. The three that come to mine: you're a liar, a thief and a murderer."
"You say you know God. Not yet. Not even the best lawyers money can buy can get Satan off for murder," said Davis.
"He's an animal, nothing but an animal, I told you before, he murdered our son for $5. That's what it was...five dollars," said Jack Kern, the father of victim Timothy Kern.
"It's justice for all the victims. And it's what he deserves," said Summer Rowley, a loved one of victim Ralph Geiger.
Beasley did not speak before the death sentence was delivered, but addressed the court before being sentenced on lesser charges.
"Since I was arrested, I've prayed every day for the damage of those who were lost. My family prays for them. My friends pray for them. Your loss has been horrible. I know you're feeling pain. I can only imagine. I'm very sorry. That you had to go through all this," he said.
"I want to make sure you understand that heartbroken as I am about your loss, I say here today, this being for the record, I have killed nobody. And that's a fact," said Beasley.
"There will be appeals. This case will be reversed. There will be a retrial and I will be found innocent. But for the families, I'm sorry you had to go through this. It's a horrible thing, it's a terrible thing, it's heart breaking. It breaks my heart. I will continue to pray for you," he said.
"Clearly Richard Beasley is a master manipulator, all the way up until today, continuing to try to manipulate, trying to deny. This is a well deserved sentence," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
Attorney General Mike Dewine praised the cooperation between counties and agencies that made trying this case possible.
Could there be more victims? AG DeWine says they have no leads on additional victims, but continued, "it would not surprise me at all if there's other homicides."
A teenage co-defendant, Brogan Rafferty, is serving a life prison term after his conviction last fall. Rafferty was under the age of 18 at the time of the murders and not eligible for the death penalty.