'Craigslist Killing' Update: Brogan Rafferty Receives Jury Verdict

The former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student heard his verdict today in Summit County Court of Common Pleas after three days of jury deliberation.

Brogan Rafferty, the now 17-year-old involved in the " is guilty.

That's according to a 12-person Summit County jury after three days of deliberation. The counts are listed below for each of the four victims. The jury found Rafferty not guilty of identity fraud. 

  • Nine counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications
  • One count of attempted murder with a firearm specification
  • Four counts of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, with firearm specifications
  • Four counts of kidnapping, a felony of the first degree
  • One count of grand theft, a felony of the third degree
  • One count of grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree
  • Receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree
  • Three counts of petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree

The teen, who was 16 when arrested, faces life in prison without a chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder. 

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Lynne Callahan.

The 17-year-old faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year. Rafferty will not face the death penalty because he is a juvenile. 

Richard Beasley, who is said to be Rafferty's mentor, will have a trial soon for murder charges involved in the killings from bogus Craigslist job ads.

Melissa Bysura November 02, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Jim, No need to "assume" what Rafferty's situation was, read the court transcripts and witness testimony. His whole life (from birth) was accounted for. My original post was my opinion based off the FACTS of this boys life. Read up on it and get back to me. I stand behind my original post.... this kid never stood a chance. And yes, your response to me was offensive. I don't think "GTFOH" was necessary and it's certainly not how I raise my boys to speak to women, but that's just me.
Concerned November 09, 2012 at 09:28 PM
As a society in whole, We can't continue to use excuses on a kid's background or upbringing as reasons for them to kill or commit other crimes. Unfortunately, we cannot take these kids away from their Mom as soon as they exit the womb. Because we are a free society, there would be an outrage if we did this. Therefore, what are you going to do? We provide Welfare, WIC, Subsidized/Free Housing, Let them get raised in an unfit household where the baby daddy is usually not present, they grow up to commit crimes (sometimes as horrific as Rafferty), they go to prison and thankfully this time they are throwing away the key. Harsh, yes. It is a reactive process instead of a proactive process. I would much rather remove the infant from the environment as soon as they exit the wormb, but we can't do that because we are a free society. Flame away.....Reality is harsh. Prayers and Peace to the Victims Family. May Rafferty repent and seek grace from Our Lord.
Concerned November 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I disagree that he is as much of a victim. He is alive and he has the opportunity to repent and see God's forgiveness and grace. He may even go onto to do honorable things in prison where he is in a controlled environment. It would be nice if we could throw his parents in prison too. BTW.....I'm not really for Capital Punishment.....Locking them up and throwing away the key is enough.
Jack Kelly November 09, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Uhh...Melissa, YOU now sound like the lunatic. You should practice what YOU preach about "getting a grip" and "bringing it down a notch" drama queen. And given your comments in your original response, you deserved to be ripped. And if the tone you received was of that, then it WAS rightfully deserved. The fact that you think Richard Beasley was as "much of a victim" as the innocent, unknowing victims that were murdered speaks volumes. I suggest laying off the crack or booze or whatever hallucinogen you're ingesting.
Jack Kelly November 09, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Spare us the "how I raised my boys to speak to women" bullcrap. Men AND women deserve to be treated accordingly. Because you have a uterus does not give you some sort of protection. Especially when YOU bring it upon yourself. Just like that hoodrat woman who rightfully received the uppercut from that RTA bus driver.


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