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Man gets death penalty for deaths of mom, 2 daughters in North Royalton

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    George C. Brinkman



CLEVELAND — A former Medina resident, who was arrested after a standoff in Brunswick, has received a death sentence for killing a woman and her college-age daughters.

George Brinkman Jr., 46, didn’t address the panel of judges as he was formally sentenced Friday in Cuyahoga County. His attorney, Fernando Mack, unsuccessfully argued they should spare Brinkman. Mack indicated Brinkman doesn’t plan to appeal the sentence.

Brinkman had pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges in the June 2017 slayings Suzanne Taylor, and her daughters, Taylor and Kylie Pifer, in North Royalton.

Brinkman’s motive for the killings remains unclear.

During the investigation, police said it appeared Brinkman and Suzanne Taylor, 42, knew each other for “several years” as they both attended Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights.

Taylor Pifer, 21, was a fashion design student at Kent State, and Kylie Pifer, 18, was a biology student at Bowling Green State.

Brinkman was arrested less than a week after the murders, following a nine-hour standoff at a Valley Forge Drive home. He reportedly was staying with a friend in Brunswick for a few days prior to the standoff. She was unharmed.

Brinkman had a handgun and was subdued with a stun gun, with assistance from North Royalton police, the FBI, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Stark County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Enforcement Bureau. After being subdued, he was taken to the Cleveland Clinic in Brunswick for examination before being released to North Royalton police.

Brinkman is separately charged in Stark County for two more slayings from

June 2017. Rogell Eugene John, 71, and Roberta Ray John, 64, were found shot at their Lake Township home where he was house-sitting. The Johns were killed after Taylor and her daughters.

Brinkman has convictions in Cuyahoga County from 1998 and 1999 on four counts of receiving stolen property in three separate incidents.

He was sentenced to one year in the Lorain Correctional Institution for one count of receiving stolen property and unauthorized access to a computer system. He was released in March 2000.

Brinkman received three years’ probation on two of the counts of receiving stolen property.

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