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Ohio jury recommends Craigslist killer be sentenced to death

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(CNN) — An Ohio jury recommended Wednesday that a 53-year-old man be sentenced to death for killing three men who had answered a Craigslist ad for work on a cattle farm.

Last week, a jury found Richard Beasley guilty on 26 counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and other charges.

Prosecutors said Beasley was the “principal offender” in the murders of three men between August and November 2011. During the trial, prosecutors indicated robbery might have been one possible motive for the killings.

After the jury’s recommendation was announced, Summit County Judge Lynne S. Callahan said that the formal sentencing would take place next Tuesday.

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