Jury recommends life sentence for quadruple murder suspect

Jury recommends life sentence for quadruple murder suspect

SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Summit County Common Pleas Court jury, which last month convicted Deshanon Haywood in the 2013 murder of four people, has recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced.

The jury returned its recommendation, which included no eligibility for parole for at least 25 years on two counts of aggravated murder, following two days of testimony in the penalty phase of the trial.

Judge Paul Gallagher will impose sentence on July 24 at 1 p.m.

On June 19, Haywood, 23, was convicted for the murders of Ronald Roberts, 24, Kem Delaney, 23, Maria Nash, 19, and Kiana Welch, 19, at an apartment complex in the Chapel Hill area. All four were taken to a basement laundry room and killed execution-style on April 18, 2013.

Haywood had been found guilty of the murders at trial last year, but that verdict was set aside. For this retrial, a team from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, including Assistant County Prosecutors Mahmoud Awadallah, Brian Radigan and Eric Foster, was appointed to represent the state of Ohio.

"Throughout this process, defendant Haywood has shown no remorse, no regret about the brutal deaths of four people, including two teenage girls who had the bad luck to stop by the house and could have been witnesses against him and his partner," said Awadallah. "Now a second jury has convicted him of murder, and it's clear they believe he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes. The state of Ohio will seek the maximum sentence of 94 years to life."

Haywood's accomplice in the killings, Derrick Brantley, was convicted earlier and has been sentenced to life in prison.

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