Saturday, May 10, 2003

Boarder pleads guilty to murder of Mount Victory councilwoman

The Associated Press

KENTON, Ohio - A man who had been living at the home of a Mount Victory councilwoman admitted killing her and blamed it on his addiction to drugs.

Evangeline Bealer, 71, was found strangled in her home Oct. 24 by neighbors who were checking on her. Scott Mosbacker, 31, of Mount Victory, was arrested the next day in the Dayton area.

As part of a plea bargain, Mosbacker pleaded guilty Thursday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court to murder, aggravated robbery, forgery and possession of heroin. In exchange for his plea, aggravated-murder charges were reduced to murder.

Judge David Faulkner sentenced Mosbacker to 18 years to life in prison.

Bealer, a retired schoolteacher, had allowed Mosbacker to live on the top floor of her house.

Hardin County Prosecutor Terry Hord said Mosbacker had been cashing checks on Bealer's account in the weeks leading up to her murder.

Investigators theorize that Bealer confronted Mosbacker about the use of her checking account, and the woman was strangled in a struggle that followed.

A rope was found around the victim's neck, Hord said, and a camera strap may have also been used.

Defense attorney Brad Bailey said his client's judgment was clouded by drugs.

"I made a great mistake," Mosbacker told the judge.

"Heroin and cocaine have been a big problem with my life, and I'll regret that for a long time. I took a human life and I don't know what to say, but I'll take my punishment for what I did."

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