Stow's Rafferty gets life without parole

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Stow teen Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life without parole today by Judge Lynne Callahan of the Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Rafferty, 17, was found guilty of participating in the murder of three man and shooting of another last November. Police have said the victims answered a bogus job offer for a caretaker on a farm posted on Craigslist last year.

Richard Beasley, 53, of Akron, was also accused in the case and will go to trial in January on murder charges.

Rafferty 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 was not eligible for death penalty.

His attorneys have said they plan to file an appeal.

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