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Suspect in video game murder gets life in prison

Jonathan Acosta sentenced to life in prison. (Source: WOIO) Jonathan Acosta sentenced to life in prison. (Source: WOIO)
A Cleveland teenager was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Jonathan Acosta admitted to beating and stabbing to death his best friend Xavier Gonzalez in January of 2014. Both were just 16-years-old at the time.

Prosecutors say Acosta was playing video games with Gonzalez and two other men, when he suddenly leaped up and plunged a fishing knife into Gonzalez's neck.

Acosta then chased Gonzalez and hit him in the head with a baseball bat, then stuffed his body into a garbage can.

Prosecutors say Acosta tried to cover up the crime by using the murder weapon to slash his own leg, to make it look like he had been attacked as well.

Acosta pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse.

He apologizing for the crimes in court.

"I'm sorry for taking Cico away from you from all of you," said Acosta.

The minimum sentence was life with no possibility of parole for 20 years, which defense attorneys asked for.

After seeing crime scene photos, Judge Carolyn Friedland sentenced Acosta to life with no chance of getting out for at least 25 years.

"Given the viciousness of the attack in this case I don't believe a minimum sentence is appropriate," said Judge Friedland.

Acosta will be up for parole in 2040.

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