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DEATH SENTENCE Plea bargains by county



Published: Sat, June 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



While Ohio has sentenced 196 offenders to death for killing one person, 131 people who killed two or more victims have been allowed to avoid a death sentence by pleading guilty, including 25 who killed at least three people:

ASHTABULA

Charles Newman pleaded guilty to killing his wife, his children ages 2 and 3, and his 16-year-old sister-in-law in a house fire in 2000.

CLARK

Harry Sanford pleaded guilty to killing two brothers and their uncle in 1987.

Thomas DeWitt pleaded guilty to killing his father, 78-year-old grandmother and two neighbors in 1983.

CUYAHOGA

Antonio Judkins, Jose Castro, Kishaun Cotchery, and Robert Owens pleaded guilty to killing three people in a 1994 robbery.

FRANKLIN

Derrick Jones and Marlon Scarbrough pleaded guilty to shooting three men to death in an argument over drugs in 1991.

Tracy Mitchell pleaded guilty to robbing and beating three people to death in 1996, including two men in their 70s.

Christian Fuhr pleaded guilty to killing three prostitutes in 2001.

GREENE

James Stelts pleaded no contest to killing two men and a pregnant woman in 1983.

HAMILTON

Robert Cordell pleaded guilty to killing his former sister-in-law and two neighbors in 2002.

LAKE

Daniel Desellems pleaded guilty to killing three members of a family in a fire in 1986.

David Daniel Kraft and Richard Eugene Brand pleaded guilty to killing a family of five in a cult-related slaying in 1989, including children ages 6, 13 and 15.

LORAIN

Brothers Herman Howard Bittner and Howard Herman Bittner pleaded guilty to killing three people in 1983.

MAHONING

Elmer Ahart pleaded guilty to shooting three people in 1992.

MONTGOMERY

Heather Nichole Matthews pleaded guilty to a Christmas 1992 killing spree of five people.

NOBLE

Thomas Lee Dillon pleaded guilty to shooting five sportsmen with high-powered rifles in Eastern Ohio in 1989 and 1990.

SCIOTO

James Curry pleaded guilty to killing his former girlfriend, her 9-year-old son, and her mother and sister in 2000.

SHELBY

Lawrence Michael Hensley pleaded guilty to fatally shooting four people, including three teenage girls, in 1999.

STARK

James Rash pleaded guilty to killing a family of five in a fire in 1988, including children ages 4, 5 and 12.

WOOD

Richard Geringer pleaded guilty to shooting to death his girlfriend, wife and 13-year-old daughter.

Source: AP Research




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