Judge sentences convicted killer Shawn Grate to death in murder of 2 women

Shawn Grate sentenced to death
Serial killer Shawn Grate sentenced to death

ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio -- A judge has agreed with the jury’s recommendation of the death penalty for convicted Ashland killer Shawn Grate.

Shawn Grate was found guilty of aggravated murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley in Ashland County.

Grate was arrested in September 2016 after police found the women's remains in what was supposed to be a vacant Ashland home, where another woman said she had been held captive.

The woman said she was lured into the house and raped repeatedly by Grate.

Once in custody, Grate, 41, told police that he had killed two other women but he has not been charged in those killings.

Police also looked into whether he was connected to the 2015 death of a fifth woman.

Grate previously pleaded guilty to 15 counts that included rape and abuse of a corpse.

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