A Tuscarawas County man found guilty in the deaths of an elderly Strasburg couple will not face the death penalty.
As part of a negotiated plea, Robert Clark, 30, Dennison, will not face execution after pleading "guilty" Friday morning (Aug. 28) in the Coshocton County Common Pleas Court to two counts of aggravated murder, among other charges relating to the murders of Doyle Chumney, 88, and wife Lillian Chumney, 79.
Under the terms of the agreement, all other charges against Clark were dismissed, including the death penalty specification.
Common Pleas Judge Robert Batchelor declared Clark guilty and ordered him to serve two life sentences for the Chumney deaths and 11 years each on other charges. Clark will not be eligible for parole.
The Chumneys were reported missing from their residence Jan. 21. Their remains were located Jan. 22 on a remote Coshocton County road in their burned automobile.
It is believed by authorities that Clark shot both Chumneys before setting their automobile ablaze.
Officials said Clark and Jeffery Stewart, 22, New Philadelphia, kidnapped the Chumneys following a burglary at their home.
Stewart remained in the Coshocton County Jail. He was taken into custody in late January.
Clark was arrested following a high speed chase in early February in Mohave County, Arizona, following a manhunt that spanned the nation.
A trail for Clark was set to begin in February 2016. His plea resulted in the cancellation of the trial.