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Man escapes death penalty with guilty plea in 2010 slaying of northeast Ohio real estate agent

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, August 1, 2014 8:21 AM EDT

One of two men accused in the 2010 slaying of a northeast Ohio real estate agent has avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

The Vindicator ( ) reports that 25-year-old Grant Cooper pleaded guilty Thursday to charges including involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 20, 2010, death of 67-year-old Vivian Martin.

Prosecutors say Martin was lured to a home she was showing, robbed and strangled. The home was then set on fire to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 29 years for Cooper, who is expected to testify against co-defendant Robert Brooks at his trial in September.

The 29-year-old Brooks could face the death penalty if he's convicted of aggravated murder.

Information from: The Vindicator,


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