Man Convicted Of Murder In Landlord's Death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A 19-year-old convicted of killing his landlord could get the death penalty.

A jury found James Allan Schaar of Orrville guilty of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery Monday in the death of Gary Stoll, 63, of Massillon.

The jury will meet July 8 in Stark County Common Pleas Court to consider Schaar's sentence.

Supporters for the victim and the accused wept when the jury returned the guilty verdicts.

"He is getting hung for something he didn't do," said Schaar's mother, Virginia Poling of Carrollton.

Schaar told police that he had been in the victim's Massillon home Oct. 18 because he wanted a rent receipt.

He said he and Stoll were climbing the basement stairs when Stoll grabbed Schaar's buttocks. Schaar pushed him down the stairs and thought Stoll had broken his neck.

Police said he then stole baseball memorabilia, cash and a coin collection, among other items.

The Stark County coroner's office found little evidence of injuries resulting from a fall down the stairs and determined that the cause of death was a stab wound to the neck.

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