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Sledgehammer Slayings: Convicted Man Sentenced To Death

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| June 30 , 2015 , 06:09 IST
[caption id="attachment_68931" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Shawn Ford Jr.,, standing between his attorneys Don Hicks, left, and Jon Sinn, cries as he apologizes to the Schobert family before being sentenced to death by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Parker for the murder of Margaret Schobert, Monday June 29, 2015 in Akron, Ohio.Judge Parker also sentenced Ford to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jeffrey Schobert. Ford Jr. was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP) Shawn Ford Jr.,, standing between his attorneys Don Hicks, left, and Jon Sinn, cries as he apologizes to the Schobert family before being sentenced to death by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Parker for the murder of Margaret Schobert, Monday June 29, 2015 in Akron, Ohio.Judge Parker also sentenced Ford to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jeffrey Schobert. Ford Jr. was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)[/caption] A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter was sentenced Monday to death. Shawn Ford Jr., 20, was convicted in October by a jury in Summit County Common Pleas Court of aggravated murder and other charges in the April 2013 slayings of Margaret and Jeffrey Schobert. That same jury recommended that he receive the death penalty for killing Margaret Schobert, and the judge agreed. Ford, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, his wrists bound with handcuffs, said before sentencing that he'd been "selfish" and "stupid." "I want to say sorry to the whole Schobert family, sorry to my family, sorry to everybody I let down," he said. Defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Ford's low IQ prevented Judge Tom Parker from sentencing their client to death. [caption id="attachment_68932" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Jessica Schobert, the older daughter of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert, begins to cry as she addresses Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Parker after he sentenced Shawn Ford Jr., the former boyfriend of her sister Chelsea Schobert, to death for the murder of Margaret Schobert, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. Judge Parker also sentenced Ford to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jeffrey Schobert. Ford Jr. was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP) Jessica Schobert, the older daughter of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert, begins to cry as she addresses Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Parker after he sentenced Shawn Ford Jr., the former boyfriend of her sister Chelsea Schobert, to death for the murder of Margaret Schobert, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. Judge Parker also sentenced Ford to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jeffrey Schobert. Ford Jr. was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)[/caption] Authorities said Jeffrey Schobert, a prominent attorney, was killed inside the couple's home in the Akron suburb of New Franklin. Ford and an accomplice who was 14 at the time sent text messages to Margaret Schobert to lure her home from a hospital where she'd been spending the night with her daughter. Prosecutors said Ford was angry with the Schoberts because they wouldn't let him visit their daughter, Chelsea, at the hospital. Ford was accused of stabbing and critically injuring Chelsea Schobert 10 days earlier for refusing him sex at a party. Chelsea Schobert, 20, testified at Ford's trial that after her life spiraled out of control after her parents' death. She said she used inheritance money to buy cocaine to sell with her new boyfriend. She was caught, convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced in June 2014 to 30 months in prison. She was granted an early release in May. Ford's accomplice, Jamall Vaughn, who is now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges in February. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. Death penalty cases in Ohio are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court.