Already in prison for life, Ohio serial killer Shawn Grate admits to first murder

Shawn M. Grate appears in Richland County Common Pleas Court in March. He was already set to spend the rest of his life in prison and possibly face the death penalty, but Grate has not been punished for his first murder before now. [Tom E. Puskar/Ashland Times-Gazette] Hide caption Convicted serial killer Shawn Grate pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his first victim in Marion County Common Pleas Court, according to the Marion County prosecutor’s office.

Grate, 42, pleaded to the kidnapping, aggravated murder and gross abuse of the corpse of Dana Nicole Lowrey, of Minden, Louisiana. Grate killed Lowrey, then 23, in Marion in May 2006 after she attempted to sell magazines to his mother.

Grate was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Marion County Judge Warren Edwards on Wednesday for the aggravated murder of Lowrey.

Grate previously has been sentenced to death for the killing of Stacey Stanley, 43, and Elizabeth Griffith, 29, in Ashland County; to a life sentence without parole in Richland County for the aggravated murder of Rebekah Leicy, 31, of Mansfield; and to 15 years to life for the murder of Candace Cunningham, 29, of Canton and Mansfield.

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