Man Sentenced To Life After Pleading Guilty To Killing 12-Year-Old
April 5, 2002 at 12:48 AM EST - Updated July 12 at 8:05 AM
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - One of three Ohio men accused of killing a 12-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday.
By entering the plea, William George Monday, 22, of Struthers, Ohio, eliminated the possibility that he could be sentenced to death for the Oct. 8, 2000, death of Shannon Leigh Kos of Youngstown, Ohio.
Her body was found at a teen-age party spot in Lawrence County, near the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line. Area teens call the spot "Zombie Land" and sometimes drink or take drugs there.
Monday has not agreed to testify against two other men, David Christopher Garvey, 20, and Perry Sam Ricciardi II, also of Struthers, who are awaiting trial on charges that they killed Kos.
"By pleading guilty, he faces only life as opposed to the death penalty," Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew T. Mangino said. "That was really the give-and-take here."
Mangino said the victim's family was happy with the guilty plea, especially the girl's mother, Patty Bodnar.
"She really didn't want to through a trial and the anguish of hearing the details of what happened to her daughter," he said.
Judge J. Craig Cox scolded Monday for the impact of the crime.
"I hope you live that scene in your mind the rest of your life," Cox said. "You not only took the life of Shannon Kos, you took the lives of her family."
Monday's attorney, Randy Hetrick, said his client has apologized to Kos' family.
Mangino continues to seek the death penalty against Garvey and Ricciardi because they are charged with killing Kos during the commission of a felony.
Mangino said the killing happened when the men kidnapped and raped the girl.
Police said the men had fantasized about abducting a girl Kos' age whom they referred to as "too young to date, not too young to rape."
The girl's body was found in a culvert. Her throat was cut and she had been stabbed repeatedly. Authorities have said they believe the men also tried to burn the girl's body after she died.
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