17 year Old Brogan Rafferty was found guilty of triple murder in the infamous Craigslist killings and has now been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Authorities say Rafferty, of Stow, helped Richard Beasley, of Akron, lure four victims at separate times with bogus Craigslist job offers to a nonexistent cattle farm in rural Noble County in southeast Ohio; they say the motive was robbery. Authorities say Beasley shot and killed three of the men; the fourth victim was shot in the arm and survived.
Rafferty testified in his own defense that he was afraid of Beasley and went along out of fear that he would be killed. Prosecutors painted Rafferty as a "student of violent crime".
The jury forewoman spoke after the verdict to detail how the jury had come to the guilty verdicts. She said that they were meticulous in going through each charge one by one. The fact that the defendant was a teenager weighed heavily on them as they knew if found guilty he would more than likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Ultimately the jury came to guilty verdicts on all counts because the evidence against the teen was overwhelming.
Rafferty was tried as an adult.
This kid lived up the street from us and went to the High School in the next town over. I remember when this story broke. Small town America is not immune to these types of things. I wonder how his life played out. I wonder who was teaching him and guiding him. I'm not blaming anyone. Sometimes good parents raise bad kids. It just leaves me to wonder what went so terribly wrong with this kid. That's the million dollar question, isn't it?
Do you think that teens should be tried as adults? What do you think of his sentence?