Ohio killer who fought rape charge agrees to life sentence

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who formerly faced the death penalty for a Cincinnati woman’s 1982 slaying has agreed to a new sentence of life in prison without parole and will give up any new appeals.

WLWT-TV (http://bit.ly/1UFnXv9 ) reports David Steffen reached the agreement Thursday after appealing in state and federal courts.

Steffen admitted killing Karen Range but denied he’d raped her. Authorities eventually determined a morgue worker sexually abused Range’s corpse and others.

The state court had upheld Steffen’s initial conviction and sentence. But in 2006, his federal appeal was granted and the case was sent back to Ohio court to address the sufficiency of evidence for his rape conviction. That led to lengthy litigation before Thursday’s agreement.

Steffen’s attorney, Massimino Ionna, says their goal was that Steffen avoid the death penalty.


Information from: WLWT-TV, http://www.wlwt.com