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Jury recommends life without parole for Canton man

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LaFonse Dixon LaFonse Dixon Muskingum County Sheriff's Office

Sentencing phase of grisly Muskingum County murder trial nearly at a close


ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- A Canton man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the gruesome murder of a woman found beaten and burned on a rural Muskingum County road last year.
After five-and-a-half hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors recommended a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 34-year-old LaFonse Dixon Jr., who was convicted last week on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated arson in the slaying of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman. Prosecutors said that on August 26, 2012, Dixon and two women drove Fronsman from Canton to Muskingum County, where they beat her, choked her and set her on fire as punishment for informing on them. She survived for two days after a motorist found her on Rt. 208 near Zanesville, charred over 70 percent of her body.
Before the sentencing recommendation, Dixon spoke for the first time on the matter, maintaining that his co-defendants - Katrina Culberson and Monica Washington - lied about his involvement to avoid the death penalty themselves.
On Nov. 4, Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge Kelly Cottrill will decide to either take the jury's recommendation or give Dixon a lesser sentence.

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