Fri 10:35 a.m.: Judge sentences Ferrara to three life sentences

YOUNGSTOWN – A man convicted this week of murdering a Canfield man, his wife and their 4-year-old daughter nearly 40 years ago was sentenced today to three life sentences.

That time is in addition to the two life sentences James Ferrara, 64, is already serving in an unrelated double homicide from 1983.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Scott Krichbaum handed down the sentence less than 24 hours after a jury handed down a guilty verdict against Ferrara. He was convicted of killing Ben Marsh, 33, his wife Marilyn 32, and their four-year old daughter Heather in their Turner Road home on Dec. 13, 1974.