By Savannah Smith   |  02-09-2018   News
Photo credit: Credit: Gina Burger Family

A 22-year-old man mercilessly killed a 16-year-old girl in Austintown and then threw her body into a dumpster. He is now sentenced to 62 years in prison for his crime.

Ricki Williams IV was arrested in July of 2014 for the stabbing death of Gina Burger. He has been staying in the Mahoning County Jail since then.

A neighbor of the victim, Ronisha Johnson, testified before the court against Williams. Johnson said that Burger came over to her apartment that night, where Williams stabbed her in the chest. Johnson narrated that Williams even pulled the knife from Burger’s chest and horrifically smelled it as his victim collapsed onto the floor.

Williams appeared this morning before Judge John Durkin. Prosecutors sought a sentence of life without parole. He can only be eligible for parole when he turns 80 years old, should he make it to that age, that is.

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Williams entered a plea bargain earlier as he agreed to plead guilty to all eight charges including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and intimidation. Prosecutors, in turn, agreed to take the death penalty as the possible sentence. It was a change of track for Williams who earlier tried to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Johnson also admitted that Williams forced her to help hide the bod in a portable playpen and toss it in a dumpster outside the apartment.

A grand jury already indicted Johnson for obstructing justice. The charge against her was, however, dropped when she agreed to testify against Williams.

The ironic thing is the victim’s biological mother, Jacqueline Bacher, told police that she even saw Williams struggling to carry a portable playpen outside the apartment. Williams even had the nerve to ask her if she wanted to buy the playpen.

Bacher saw the same items in the dumpster the following morning, not knowing that her daughter’s body was already there. Burger’s body was eventually discovered by workers of a garbage transfer station near Grove City.


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