An Ohio man convicted of stabbing a teen to death and stuffing her body into a playpen before tossing her into a dumpster was handed 62 years behind bars on Tuesday. Ricki Williams IV, 22, killed Gina Burger, then 16, in 2014, according to WFMJ.
Prosecutors said he invited the teen to his apartment, where he put a pillow over her face and stabbed her to death in her chest. In disturbing testimony, Williams’ neighbor Ronisha Johnson claimed she not only watched Williams smell the knife after stabbing Burger, but that she helped conceal the body alongside Williams. The teen’s body was later found in a landfill by landfill employees.
In court, Burger’s adoptive mother traveled from Texas to tell Williams, “You’re a waste of oxygen, and I hope someone will stop that oxygen while you’re in prison.”
Williams will not be eligible for parole until he is 80.
Williams will be eligible for parole when he turns 80 years old. He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and other evidence to avoid the death penalty, WFMJ reports. Previously, he pleaded not guilty by insanity.
Even though he pleaded guilty, Williams maintains his innocence and says he only took the plea deal to avoid the death penalty. In court, he said, “I didn’t kill that girl, Judge Durkin. I just want to put that on the record. I didn’t do it, and I’m sticking with it.”
As for Johnson, she was indicted for obstructing justice, a charge that was dropped after she agreed to testify against her old neighbor.
[Photo: Facebook, Mahoning County Jail]