Brother and sister sentenced for beating death

Leeanna Rayas & Phillip Smith Jr. (Source: Hamilton Police)
Leeanna Rayas & Phillip Smith Jr. (Source: Hamilton Police)

By Sheila Gray – bio | email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County brother and sister will spend 15 years in prison for beating a man to death last July.

Phillip Smith and Leeanna Rayas admit they broke into Samuel Baez-Rosa's home on Ludlow Street in Hamilton to rob him.

When he refused to give up his wallet, they beat him to death with a baseball bat.

The siblings made a plea deal and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

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