Richard Beasley was sentenced to death in Ohio back in 2013. Beasley was convicted in the murders of three men he lured to Ohio on craigslist with the promise of employment at a farm. Beasley shot and killed Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern after luring them to Ohio. A fourth man, Scott Davis, was able to escape from Beasley’s attack. Beasley was allegedly attempting to steal the men’s identities because he was already facing criminal charges for drug and human trafficking.
Back in 2018, Beasley’s death sentence was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. However, back in January, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Beasley should be resentenced for other non-capital offenses because of technicalities. Beasley has received several consecutive sentences for these charges.
Beasley’s attorney argued that since Beasley was already sentenced to death there was no need for additional consecutive sentences. The Summit County Court ruled that the sentences will remain intact.
I agree with this ruling because I feel like the death penalty will eventually be phased out before the state has the opportunity to execute Beasley. While he’ll probably receive a sentence of life without parole eventually, any additional sentencing that will keep Beasley behind bars is ok with me. He’s obviously exhibited a blatant disregard for human life since he preyed on mostly transient victims in order to try to escape justice for other crimes. So he deserves all the consecutive sentencing that is allowed by law.