[UPDATE] 4-14 10:42am - BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) --
An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty in the slayings of his girlfriend's adult daughter and an elderly couple. He has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.
Family members of the victims shouted "Coward!" as Littleton
was led from the courtroom after sentencing.
Samuel K. Littleton II pleaded guilty on Thursday to three
counts of aggravated murder and three counts of abuse of a corpse
in the February slayings of Tiffany Brown and Richard and Gladis
Russell. Littleton pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of
life in prison with no chance for parole.
Brown's body was found in the basement of a home Littleton had
bought from the Russells in Bellefontaine in
western Ohio. The body of Richard Russell was found in Tennessee;
his wife's body was found in Georgia.
A man who had South Georgia police on a wild goose chase to find the bodies of a missing Ohio couple is now back in Ohio to face charges. Sam Littleton told police in February that he dumped the bodies of Gladis and Richard Russells in Georgia while fleeing to Florida. He was later captured in West Virginia and then escorted to Logan County, Ohio where he's scheduled to plea guilty at an arraignment Thursday Morning. The transfer comes two days after Littleton and prosecutors reached a plea agreement that required him to waive extradition from West Virginia in order for prosecutors not to seek the death penalty.
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