Man convicted of triple murder resentenced to three life terms
A man who once faced the death penalty for killing a woman and two children in 1984 and burning down their house was resentenced today. A judge ordered that 51-year-old Rhett DePew serve three consecutive life terms in prison. Judge Keith Spaeth of Butler County Common Pleas Court ruled that DePew is to be eligible for parole consideration after the first 30 years of each sentence. It was the stiffest sentencing option available. Prosecutors said the law in effect when DePew was tried in 1985 would have required re-assembling the original trial jury to try and get a new death sentence. DePew was convicted of three counts of aggravated murder for the 1984 stabbings of 27-year-old Teresa Jones, her seven-year-old daughter Aubrey and Jones' sister, 12-year-old Elizabeth Burton, 12. Police said DePew burned their Oxford house in an attempt to cover up the slayings.