‘A little bit of closure:’ Jury finds man guilty of Bristolville murder

Austin Burke was found guilty of killing 22-year-old Brandon Sample last year

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Austin Burke.

The jury found Burke guilty on all charges against him, including aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. Burke was accused of killing 22-year-old Brandon Sample last year.

“It’s not going to bring Brandon back, but it’s a little bit of closure,” said Brandon’s father, Kenneth Sample.

He was on the verge of tears moments after a verdict was delivered in the trial for his son’s murder.

Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said witnesses told investigators that Burke made Sample get on his knees when he shot him in the head. Police said they know that because Burke told his friends about it.

“In the end, what really led to this case was he told them where the body was, he told them how he had killed the deceased and lo and behold, that is exactly where Detective Greaver found him,” Becker said.

Police found Sample’s body in the woods in Bristolville, near the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Grand River Target Range.

The defense didn’t call any witnesses.

Burke’s sentencing hearing will be in three weeks on March 27. Prosecutors will be looking for a life sentence without parole.

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