Ohio Offenders

Billy Shafer

Victim: Sara West, five

Age at time of murder: 16

Crime date: February 14, 1993

Crime location: Zanesville

Crimes: Child molestation, murder of a child, corpse mutilation, conspiracy to commit mass murder, and terroristic threatening

Murder method: Stabbing and shooting

Weapon: Knife and gun

Murder motivation: Satanic ritual

Conviction: Aggravated murder

Sentence: 20 years to life
Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Marion Correctional Institution

Sara West was murdered by Billy Joe Shafer in 1993. She was just 5 years old.Sara

Offender PhotoShafer is incarcerated at the Marion Correctional Institution


Shafer was an extremely disturbed young man who had an interest in Satanism, sacrificed animals, and desired to become a serial killer. He became acquainted with Sara’s father and agreed to babysit Sara and her three-year-old brother Seth. That fateful night, he killed little Sara after his plans to murder people at a friend’s house didn’t work. Shafer molested Sara, stabbed her, and shot her three timed in the head. He also cut open her torso, removed her insides, and cut satanic symbols into parts of her body. Shafer also planned to murder Sara’s father and brother as well, but was prevented from carrying out those additional murders when Sara’s father entered through the wrong door. From in prison, he has continued to threaten to kill Sara’s family, who fear his potential release.


Billy Shafer

Daniel Kovarbasich

Victim: Duane Hurley

Age at time of killing: 16

Crime location: North Ridgeville

Crime date: January 22, 2010

Killing method:  Stabbing

Motivation: Alleges Hurley sexually abused him

Convictions:  Voluntary manslaughter & aggravated assault

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Daniel Kovarbasich

Devonere Simmonds

Murder victims: Imran Ashgar, 34, & Quinten Prater, 22

Attempted murder victims: James Norvet, 21, & William Rudd, 39

Age at time of crimes: 17

Crime locations:  Central Ohio

Crime date: July 2013

Crimes:  Aggravated murder, spree-killing, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, & carjacking

Partners in crime: Nathaniel Brunner, Daniel Durham

Weapon: .22 cailber handgun & a shotgun

Murder method: Gunshots to the head

Murder motivation: Robbery

Convictions: Aggravated robbery, aggravated murder, attempted murder, weapon under disability, & murder

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) plus 48 years later reduced to 30 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Ohio State Penitentiary

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Simmonds, 17, went on a massive violent crime spree involving robbery, carjacking, and murder in the summer of 2013. During the spree, he shot and killed Quinten Prater during a robbery. A couple of days later, he shot and killed store clerk Imran Ashgar during another robbery. In Imran’s case, Simmonds shot the victim in the eye, left, and then returned to shoot the wounded man in the head. He also shot and injured James Norvet and William Rudd. The spree killer was sentenced to LWOP plus 48 years. His sentence was reduced to 30 years to life after Governor DeWine signed SB 256 into law.


Eric Long

Victims: Keith Cobb and Scott Neblett, 25

Accomplices: Fonta Whipple, 26, & Jashawn Clark, 25,

Age at time of murders: 17

Crime date: March 18, 2009

Crime location: Sharonville, Ohio

Crimes: Double murder

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method: Gunshots

Convictions: Felonious assault, discharging a firearm near habitation/school, aggravated murder, weapon under disability, carrying a concealed weapon, & assault

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) plus 19 years later reduced to 30 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Lebanon Correctional Institution

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Summary of the crime

Whipple, Clark, and Long got into an argument with Keith Cobb and Scott Neblett at Garage Bar & Grill in Sharonville, OH. They followed the victims and, as they were driving on I-75, emptied their guns into Cobb and Neblett’s car, causing it to veer off the highway and roll over. The victims died of gunshot wounds.


Gavon Ramsay

Victim: Margaret Douglas, 98

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime date: April 9, 2018

Crime location: Wadsworth, Ohio

Murder method: Strangulation

Murder motivation: Thrill & enjoyment

Convictions:  Aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, & abuse of a corpse

Sentence:  Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Grafton Correctional Institution

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On April 6, 2018, Ramsay, 17, broke into Margaret’s Wadsworth, Ohio, home. He found the 98-year-old sleeping on the couch and took a video of her. Ramsay, who had been fantasizing about raping and murdering people for months, and who wanted to kill someone to see how it would feel, strangled Margaret to death. Ramsay, who has been diagnosed with sexual sadism disorder, then undressed her dead body and abused her for two hours, taking photographs and videos along the way. Several of the photographs and videos Ramsay took were of a sexual nature. Ramsay then stuffed her body in a closet and left her there. He placed the gruesome photos of the crime in a secret file on his phone so that he could watch them.

Ramsay was sentenced to life without parole. He appealed and his sentence was upheld. However, Ramsay’s LWOP sentence was reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256. Ramsay is a highly disturbed young man whose notebook contained writings about raping people, fantasies about strangling and killing people, and serial killer biographies. He is a diagnosed sexual sadist.


Jacob LaRosa

Victim: Marie Belcastro, 94

Age at time of murder: 15

Crime location: Niles, Ohio

Crime date: March 31, 2015

Crimes: Aggravated murder, attempted rape, aggravated robbery, home invasion, & aggravated burglary

Weapon: Heavy metal flashlight

Murder method: Beating to death

Convictions: Aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, & attempted rape

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP) later reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Marion Correctional Institution

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Obituary for Marie R. Belcastro


LaRosa invaded 94-year-old Marie’s home, attempted to rape her, and beat her to death with a heavy metal flashlight. The beating Marie endured was so severe that her eyes ruptured and the bones in her face and the top of her skull were crushed. LaRosa was a highly disturbed teen, and showed no remorse for the evil crime, even bragging to other inmates about it. He was sentenced to LWOP and his sentence was upheld. However, the Ohio Legislature chose to retroactively reduce LaRosa’s sentence, making him eligible for parole after 25 years.


Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley

Victim: Victoria Schafer, 44

Ages at time of killing: 16

Crime location: Hocking Hills State Park

Crime date: September 2, 2019

Weapon: 74 pound six foot long log

Killing method: Pushing the log on her

Motivation: Unintentional

Convictions: Guilty pleas to involuntary manslaughter

Sentences: Three years in juvenile detention

Buckley (left) & Churchheus (right)

Victoria was killed after Buckley and Churcheus pushed a 74 pound six foot long log off a cliff. Victoria, owner of Victoria Schafer Photography, was sitting on the stairs at Old Man’s Cave when the log struck her on the head, broke her spine, crushed her chest, and almost immediately took her life. The mother of four was at the park to take high school portraits. A 19-year-old woman who was with Buckley and Churcheus at the time told investigators that Churchheus had pushed the log and that he and Buckley appeared not to care after learning that the log had killed a woman. Churcheus and Buckley were initially charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless homicide as adults. They later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and were sentenced to three years in juvenile detention. In October 2020, the woman who was with the offenders at the time of the killing was charged with obstruction of justice.

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Jordan Stewart

Victim: Jane Juergens, 55

Age at time of murder:  16

Crime location: Westerville, Ohio

Crime date: October 20, 2013

Weapon: Knife

Murder method: 26 stab wounds

Convictions: Guilty plea to murder & tampering with evidence

Sentence: 18 years to life

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Madison Correctional Institution & has a parole hearing on September 2031

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Summary of the crime

Stewart attacked Jane as she jogged on a trail and stabbed her to death. Jane, the CEO of PeopleGen of Westerville, was stabbed over two dozen times.


Jordyn Wade

Victims: Tyajah Nelson, 18; Daniel Sharp, 26; Angela Harrison, 35; and Michael Ballour, 41. T.N., 16, survived. 

Crime location: Columbus, Ohio

Crime date: June 13, 2015

Age at time of murder: 16 & 11 months

Partner in crime: Robert Adams Jr., 28

Crimes: Quadruple murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, home invasion, & aggravated burglary

Weapon: Firearm

Murder method: Gunshots, mostly to the victims’ heads

Murder motivation: Robbery

Convictions: Aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated murder, attempted murder, & weapon under disability

Sentence: 172 1/2 years to life later reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Ross Correctional Institution and had a parole hearing scheduled for March 2144

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Daniel Sharp Jr. from Legacy.com

Tyajah Nelson, age 18
Tyajah Nelson from Gunmemorial.com
Michael Anthony Ballour from Legacy.com
Angela Harrison from Gunviolencememorial.com

Summary of the crime

Wade participated in a quadruple murder along with one attempted murder during a home invasion robbery. Wade’s 28-year-old partner Robert Adams shot four victims to death and shot and wounded another victim. The survivor, a 16-year-old girl, was able to testify at trial. Wade was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility in 172 1/2 years. Though Wade was not the principal offender or the “trigger man” he had an active role in the massacre–Adams asked Wade, “should I off them all?” and Wade answered, “yes.” The butchering then began.


Joshua Wade

Victim: Titus Jamal Arnold, 23, plus several survivors

Age at time of murder: 16

Crime date: April 13, 2005

Crime location: Springfield

Partner in crime: Jason Dean, 30

Weapon: .40 caliber handgun

Murder method: Shot to the head

Convictions: Complicity in murder, aggravated robbery, discharge of a firearm at a habitation/school, attempted murder, & aggravated murder

Sentence:  56 years to life later reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Pickaway Correctional Institution & has a parole hearing in March 2061

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Wade’s prison photo
Picture of Titus from a gun violence memorial


Wade and Dean went on a terrifying crime spree in the spring of 2005, which involved the robbery and murder of Urbana University senior and youth counselor Titus Arnold, along with several other acts of violence. Wade is in prison for life while Dean was sentenced to death and died due to natural causes in 2019. Due to SB 256, Wade will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Timeline of the Crime Spree

April 10. Dean attempted to rob two people in a mini-mart parking lot. He shot one victim.

April 12. Dean and Wade fired shots at a home. A one-year-old girl and a pregnant woman were just centimeters away from being shot.

April 13. Titus left his job at a home for troubled youth just before midnight. Witnesses saw two men get out of a car, and chase Titus. They saw a man, who they recognized as Wade, shoot at Titus. He was robbed of $6.


Kylen Gregory

Victim: Ronald Bowers III

Age at time of killing: 16

Accomplices: Malik Harris, 15, Jerry Tanner, 16, Miles Heizer, 18,

Crime date: September 4, 2016

Crime location: Kettering

Weapon: Handgun

Killing method: Shot to the head

Killing motivation: An alleged altercation at Alter-fest

Convictions: Gregory- reckless homicide & discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises plus guilty pela to felonious assault; Heizer-guilty plea to tampering with evidence, aggravated menacing, assault, & contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor; Harris & Tanner-guilty pleas to assault, menacing, and tampering with evidence

Sentences: Gregory-11 years in prison; Heizer-two years in prison; Harris & Tanner-juvenile detention with a minimum sentence of six months and a maximum sentence of incarceration until 21

Incarceration status: Gregory– Incarcerated at the Southeastern Correctional Institution; Heizer-Incarcerated at the Madison Correctional Institution

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Gregory prison photo
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Heizer prison photo

Summary of the crime

The offenders hunted down Ronnie and his friends as they left Alter-fest. As Ronnie was driving away from the attackers, Gregory shot at his car. The bullet went through the windshield and hit Ronnie in the head. He died of his injuries several days later.








Kyle Patrick

Victim: Michael Abighanem, 27

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime date: April 27, 2012

Crime location: Youngstown

Partner in crime: Reginald Whitfield, 21

Crimes: Aggravated murder, armed robbery, & tampering with evidence

Murder method: Gunshot

Weapon: Firearm

Murder motivation: Robbery

Sentence: 34 years to life later reduced to 25 years to life by Senate Bill 256
Incarceration status:
 Incarcerated at the Mansfield Correctional Institution

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Michael W.  Abighanem

Summary of the crime

Patrick and Whitfield murdered Michael during an orchestrated robbery.


T.J. Lane, Chardon High School Mass Shooter

Name: Thomas “T. J.” Lane III

Murder victims: Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Russell King, Jr, 17; and Daniel Parmertor, 16

Other victims: Joy Rickers, 18; Nate Mueller, 16; and Nick Walczak, 17 (paralyzed)

Age at time of murder: 17

Crime date: February 27, 2012

Crime location: Chardon, Ohio

Crimes: Mass shooting, triple murder, attempted murder, & felonious assault

Weapon: .22-caliber semiautomatic Ruger handgun

Murder method: Gunshots to the victims’ heads

Convictions: Guilty pleas to aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, & assault

Sentence: Life without parole (LWOP)

Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Warren Correctional Institution

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Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane sentenced to life without ...
Lane wore a shirt that read “KILLER” at his sentencing hearing
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Lane committed an infamous mass shooting at Chardon High School. He shot six students, killing three. He plead guilty and was sentenced to LWOP. Lane has shown no remorse, wearing a shirt reading “KILLER” to his sentencing hearing. The victims were all teenage high school students.