Jury recommends life in prison for Stanley Ford, the Akron man convicted of killing 9 people
AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - The jury in the Stanley Ford trial reached a verdict in the death penalty phase Friday afternoon.
The jurors are recommending the convicted murderer and arsonist spend the rest of his life in prison.
Ford, who was originally facing more than two dozen criminal charges, was convicted by jury last week of murdering nine people in three separate fires that he set intentionally in 2016 and 2017.
- The first fire was on April 18, 2016, at 719 Fultz Avenue. Lindell Lewis and Gloria Jean Hart were killed.
- The second fire was on Jan. 23, 2017, at 723 Russell Avenue. A Dodge Durango was set on fire; nobody was hurt.
- The third fire was on May 15, 2017, at 693 Fultz Avenue. Seven people were killed, including two adults and five kids.
The victims were identified as:
- Jared Boggs, 14
- Daisia Huggins, 6
- Kyle Huggins, 5
- Alivia Huggins, 3
- Cameron Huggins, 16 months old
- Dennis Huggins, 35
- Angela Boggs, 38
- Lindell Lewis, 56
- Gloria Jean Hart, 61
A mistrial was initially declared for Ford in June 2020 during the first court proceedings.
Shortly after meeting with jurors then, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce called the mistrial because of the challenges of moving forward with a fair trial while still practicing safe COVID-19 protocols.
19 News spoke to Ford in 2017 when he was living in a home next to one he allegedly set on fire.
Judge Croce will sentence Ford on Oct. 26.
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