CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty confirmed that Ronald Ellis Jr. has been sentenced for his role in the home invasion and brutal beating of an elderly Cleveland couple.
Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Donnelly sentenced Ellis to 25 years in prison.
On the evening of June 17, 2013, Ellis and a juvenile co-defendant broke into the victims' home and beat the couple while ransacking the house looking for money. The defendants put duct tape over the mouths of both victims and eventually stuffed the female victim into the trunk of her car and fled the scene.
They took her to multiple locations and attempted to use a bank card belonging to the victims. They also continued to beat her before abandoning the car with the victim still in the trunk.
Police officers searching for the vehicle found it in the parking lot of a bar and freed the victim.
At the urging of his girlfriend, Ellis turned himself in to police on June 26.
Investigators subsequently found Ellis' fingerprints on the bank card as well as other evidence. They also recovered a gun and a shirt with one of the victim's blood on it.
Ellis, 21, entered a guilty plea on Sept. 16 to one count each of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault and Misuse of Credit Cards, and to two counts each of Kidnapping and Theft.
Each count also included a firearms specification.
Both victims were present at Monday's sentencing, as were Cleveland City Councilmen Martin Keane and Martin Sweeney and more than 20 neighbors.
The State of Ohio was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Frankie Goldberg and Katherine Mullin.
"This defendant's legacy is one of brutality, terror and complete disregard for the value of human life,'' Goldberg said. "In contrast, his victims will always have a legacy of family and of commitment to country and community that they can be proud of."