April 19, 2018

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Ohio Real Estate Agent

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Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Ohio Real Estate Agent

One of two men charged in the murder of a Youngstown, Ohio, real estate agent has pleaded guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.

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Grant Cooper was charged in the 2010 slaying of 67-year-old real estate agent Vivian Martin. Last week, he pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, and kidnapping in connection with Martin's death on Sept. 20, 2010. 

Police say that Martin was lured to a showing at one of her listings where she was robbed and strangled to death. The house was then set on fire. 

Prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of 29 years for Cooper if he agrees to testify against Robert Brooks, the other man charged in Martin's slaying. Brooks is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder. His trial begins in September. 

Source: "Cooper Pleads Guilty in Vivian Martin Murder," The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio (July 31, 2014)