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Stanley Ford gets 9 consecutive life sentences for victims he killed in Akron arson incidents

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 8:48 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 5:27 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Stanley Ford, the Akron man convicted of killing nine people during three arson incidents, was formally sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

Ford faced Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Croce, who ruled that the suspect will not be eligible for parole.

Several relatives of victims spoke directly to Ford at his sentencing on Tuesday, some even forgiving his actions so that they can move on with closure, but the defendant refused to respond with comment at the time.

The jury was initially tasked with recommending a sentence in the case after delivering a guilty verdict on almost all charges, including nine counts of aggravated murder. Instead of a unanimous decision for the death penalty, the jurors agreed upon suggesting life in prison.

Judge Croce followed the recommendation from jurors, imposing the consecutive life sentences plus 21 years for a separate arson that did not injure anybody.

“I hope God has mercy on your soul,” Judge Croce said.

Ford, who was originally facing more than two dozen criminal charges, was convicted recently 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:

  1. Jared Boggs, 14
  2. Daisia Huggins, 6
  3. Kyle Huggins, 5
  4. Alivia Huggins, 3
  5. Cameron Huggins, 16 months old
  6. Dennis Huggins, 35
  7. Angela Boggs, 38
  8. Lindell Lewis, 56
  9. Gloria Jean Hart, 61

Judge Croce and the prosecution said Ford believed the occupants of one of the homes he set fire to were gamblers, alcoholics, and homosexuals.

“Stanley Ford is a coward and used the cover of darkness to conceal his wrath. He claimed he was an angel sent from God to protect his neighborhood, but instead killed those he didn’t like,” said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. “Nine innocent people died, including five children. Ford deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. I can’t imagine the evil it would take to set a house on fire knowing there were children inside.”

A mistrial was initially declared for Ford in June 2020 during the first court proceedings.

Shortly after meeting with jurors then, Judge 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.

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