Accused Ohio serial Killer Shawn Grate changed his plea to guilty to 15 charges, including rape, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, and more.
Common Pleas Court Judge Ron Forsthoefel explained in court on Wednesday that this means Grate is waiving his right to take the stand in his own defense and is no facing a minimum sentence of 50 to 72 years to life in prison.
Meanwhile, the same Ashland County Common Pleas jury will be brought back in on the other murder charges Grate is facing.
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Police say a family member has positively identified the body of missing 43-year-old Stacey Stanley as one of the bodies that was found Tuesday morning inside an abandoned home on Covert Court in Ahsland County.
Stacey was last seen around 11 p.m. last Thursday at a BP gas station East Main and Union Streets. She had made a phone call to her brother saying that she had a flat tire, but was making her way home, but never made it.
Early Tuesday morning, a woman called Ashland police saying that she was being held captive. Police arrived at the home on Covert Court and found that woman alive, the remains of two other women, and 40-year-old Shawn Michael Grate. Once in police custody, Grate told police that he'd killed the two woman they found at the home on Covert Court, and a third woman whose body was in Richland County. Grate told police he'd killed the woman at a home on Park Avenue East in Madison Township back in June of this year.
Stacey's uncle says the family was called to the police station just after Tuesday night to look at photos. That was when the family positively identified Stacey. During a press conference later on Tuesday, the family of Stacey Stanley was upset with the investigation into her disappearance that was reported last Thursday night.
Grate is being held on abduction charges in Ashland County and is facing many more charges as the investigation continues.