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Woman pleads guilty in 2009 beating death

Wire • Jun 29, 2011 at 2:41 PM

A 23-year-old woman has entered pleas on two charges stemming from the 2009 beating death of a man whom she and others robbed to get money to buy alcohol.

Kayla Jarvi of Conneaut, charged last year with complicity in the murder of 65-year-old Richard Hackathorn, has pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in connection with the case, according to County Common Pleas Court records.

The negotiated pleas were finalized Friday, said Paul Scarsella of the Ohio Attorney General Office, co-prosecutor in the case.

What began as a discussion in Judge Alfred Mackey's courtroom about a possible plea became reality when Jarvi suddenly agreed to the amended charges, Scarsella said. Hackathorn's relatives were consulted before any deal was made, Scarsella said.

Sentencing will follow a presentencing report, which will be prepared by county probation officials. No sentencing date has been set, Scarsella said. Jarvi faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars on the two charges, he said.

Jarvi was arrested in early 2010 in connection with the death of Hackathorn, who suffered severe head injuries during an attack inside his Clay Street house on May 26, 2009. Hackathorn would die from the wounds in an Erie, Pa., hospital two days later.

Last month, a jury found Jeremy Summers, 21, of Conneaut, guilty of five charges related to Hackathorn's death, including aggravated murder. Summers was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole until he has spent 25 years behind bars.

Prosecutors said Hackathorn was struck during a robbery at his home. Jarvi and Summers, accompanied by two other people, went to Hackathorn's house to get money to buy alcohol, according to testimony heard in Summers' trial. Trial witnesses testified Jarvi took money from a wallet she pulled from Hackathorn's pants after he was clubbed.

Jarvi originally was charged with complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder, complicity to manslaughter and complicity to aggravated robbery, according to court records.

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By Mark Todd - Star Beacon, Ashtabula (MCT)

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