Timothy McGinty says Alberto Medina pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend and was sentenced to life in prison with first chance of parole after 33 years.
Medina, 32, of Cleveland, entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated murder with a three-year firearm specification and three counts of endangering children for fatally shooting Malorie Ferrell, 28, back on Sept. 8. Ferrell and Medina's children witnessed the killing.
Medina also pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children for an Aug. 16 attack on Ferrell. He was out on bond for that when the murder occurred.
Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sentenced Medina immediately following his plea. He will be 65 years old before the Ohio parole board can even consider releasing him.
"Alberto Medina accepted responsibility for his actions and will be serving life in prison, while sparing the victim's children from having to testify," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mahmoud Awadallah, who prosecuted the case, along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Margaret Troia.