"There's nothing I can say that will make things better," Brogan Rafferty said before he was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Lynne Callahan Friday afternoon.
The former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student, who was found guilty for nine counts of aggravated murder and more by a 12-person jury, agreed to testify against his co-defendant Richard Beasley.
Rafferty's attorney, John Alexander, told the judge that he felt his client had remorse for the death of three in Noble County after they were lured there with bogus Craigslist job ads.
Despite Rafferty's offer to testify in Beasley's case this winter and Alexander asking for a chance of parole, Callahan still gave Rafferty a life sentence without parole. Rafferty, now 17, is a juvenile and did not face the death penalty in Ohio.
"It was a cold ... calculated, methodical execution of three human beings and nearly a fourth," said Callahan.
Rafferty's attorney plans to appeal the decision.
Victims of the three deceased and one man who managed to escape spoke or wrote letters to Rafferty. They were read to him in court before sentencing.
Look to Stow Patch for more video coverage this weekend from the courtroom on Nov. 9, 2012.
Here is the press release issued by the Summit County prosecutor's office:
Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Brogan Rafferty, 17, of Mac Drive in Stow, to life in prison without parole eligibility for the murders of Ralph Geiger, Timothy Kern and David Pauley and the attempted murder of Scott Davis.
“This was an unimaginable and truly cold-blooded crime,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “Brogan Rafferty could have stopped the killing, but he chose instead to be a willing participant. And now he will spend the rest of his life in prison.”
"I commend those with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office who took the lead on this case and worked aggressively with the help of special prosecutors and BCI agents from the Attorney General’s Office," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Because of their hard work, justice has been served."
A jury found Rafferty guilty on Oct. 30 of:
- Nine counts of Aggravated Murder with firearm specifications
- One count of Attempted Murder with a firearm specification
- Four counts of Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree, with firearm specifications
- Four counts of Kidnapping, a felony of the first degree
- One count of Grand Theft, a felony of the third degree
- One count of Grand Theft, a felony of the fourth degree
- Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree
- Three counts of Petty Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree