A former Stow teen sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for his role in the so-called Craigslist killings in 2011 has lost his court appeal.



Brogan Rafferty, 20, was seeking a lighter sentence for helping Richard Beasley in the killing of three men who responded to bogus help-wanted ads.



In a 54-page decision, the 9th District Court of Appeals denied each of Rafferty’s five claims of error stemming from his trial in Summit County Common Pleas Court.



Rafferty, who was 16 at the time of the slayings, was convicted of three counts of aggravated murder and other crimes. His co-defendant is on Ohio’s death row awaiting execution.



In his appeal, Rafferty argued that his confession after his arrest was coerced and that he was denied effective representation. He also claimed he was denied a chance to argue he acted under duress.



Rafferty further sought a lighter sentence by arguing that juveniles are not eligible for life sentences without parole. The appellate court denied each claim in a 3-0 decision. He can ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider his case.



Beasley, now 55, arranged the ads to lure Ralph Geiger, David Pauley and Timothy Kern to their deaths. A fourth man, Scott Davis, escaped and hid in the woods after being shot in the elbow.



All four men had been lured by a bogus job offer as caretaker of a vast, isolated property in Noble County. The ad, which Beasley wrote, first appeared on Craigslist, according to trial testimony, on Oct. 6, 2011.



Prosecutors said Beasley targeted down-on-their-luck men with few family ties who were hoping to land their dream job.



Geiger, 56, of Akron, was killed Aug. 9, 2011. His body was found in Noble County in November, the same day the body of Kern, 47, of Massillon, was found in a wooded area near Rolling Acres Mall in southwest Akron.



Authorities believe Kern was killed Nov. 13, and Pauley, 51, of Virginia, on Oct. 23.



The scheme came to the attention of law enforcement when Davis, 50, a Stark County native living in South Carolina, was shot Nov. 6 while touring the property. He escaped and alerted Noble County sheriff’s investigators.