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Life sentence for man who admitted killing accomplice in Mayfield Heights burglary

August 27, 2018

Life sentence for man who admitted killing accomplice in Mayfield Heights burglary

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 20-year-old Euclid man was sentenced to life in prison Monday morning after he pleaded guilty to murdering his teenage accomplice in a botched December burglary.

Dewayne Gatson will first be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Gatson pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and burglary charges in the Dec. 22 shooting death of 17-year-old Phillip Moore. The deal called for a recommended 25-to-life sentence, and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose imposed the same sentence.

Moore’s body was discovered about 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 22, inside a home on Ranchland Drive, between Mayfield and Oakville roads, according to police.

The homeowner called police when he came home and found Moore’s body inside, police said. The teenager had been shot multiple times, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators said the two had gone to the home together to carry out a break-in but Gatson discovered that Moore had taken money from his car.

Police said in a Facebook post that the two picked the home at random.

Gatson was on probation at the time of the shooting after he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and criminal damaging in September 2016.

Ambrose, who imposed probation on Gatson in 2016, sentenced him to 18 months in prison on Monday for violating his probation. Gatson will serve that sentence at the same time as his sentence on the murder charge.

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