Shawn Grate's Home Demolished; Ashland Looks To Move On

  • 6/12/2018 1:39:53 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The home where Shawn Grate killed two women was demolished Tuesday Morning. 

Ashland residents surrounded the house, observing the structure coming down to pieces as crews worked on scene. For the Ashland Community, the house represented a dark chapter in Ashland history. 

"This is the worst thing I have ever seen happen in our town," Brittney Kimble, an Ashland Resident, said. "I hope that everyone can move on now and be more safer."

Brittany also stated that Grate once tried to lure her into the house, but was unsuccessful. Seeing the house demolished gave Brittany a sigh of relief.  

In 2016, Shawn Grate was arrested after a kidnapped woman escaped the home and called 911. The bodies of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith were found during an investigation.

Stacey Stanley's parents, Charles and Sandra Stanley, stated that it was good to see the home torn down. 

"It's appropriate to get rid of the house where this crime was done in," Charles Stanley, Stacey's father, said. "It's still a never-ending situation for us... there will be closure someday, but not right at this time."

The family hopes no other person will have to go through what they went through. After finding out that Stacey's body was found inside the home, Charles had a variety of health issues due to the shock. 

"He's had many issues since this all happened... he had a heart attack, he's had strokes... I can't imagine anybody going through this type of thing like he has." Sandra Stanley, Stacey's mother, said. 

Both Charles and Sandra hope that the leftover area can be used for a memorial park to honor the lives of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith. The family has also stated that they would be willing to help make the project a reality. 

Ashland County Common Pleas Court Judge Ron Forsthoefel ruled on June 1st, 2018 that Shawn Grate is sentenced to death by way of Lethal Injection. 

Shawn Grate also received a mandatory 90 years to life in prison and received a tier 3 sex offender status. 

Grate will receive the lethal injection on September 13th, 2018, two years after he was arrested. 

"Nothing will ever fully erase the pain and heartbreak caused by the unspeakable crimes committed by this depraved killer," Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said in a press release. "Thanks to the hard work of so many, we delivered some measure of justice to the victims and their families and we ensured that Shawn Grate will be held fully accountable for his acts of evil."


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