Mr. Hero murder suspect pleads guilty, avoids death penalty

Mr. Hero murder suspect pleads guilty, avoids death penalty
Sunny Ravi Patel (Source: Family)
Sunny Ravi Patel (Source: Family)
A suspect was arrested Sunday. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police Department)
A suspect was arrested Sunday. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police Department)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of gunning down a 15-year-old Mr. Hero employee will be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to aggravated murder and several other charges.

Daveion Perry, who was indicted on 15 counts less than two weeks ago, admitted to shooting and killing Sunny Patel on October 14. Prosecutors say he confessed to avoid the death penalty.

Sunny, a sophomore at Mayfield High School, was working at his family's restaurant on South Taylor Rd. in Cleveland Heights when Perry walked in and shot him in the neck, fatally wounding him. He then took money from the register and fled.

The day after the deadly shooting, police say Perry brandished a weapon and robbed a Subway restaurant in University Heights. He then robbed the Dollar General store on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights the following day.

Police arrested Perry on Overlook Road shortly after he left Dollar General.

The 15 charges in the indictment include aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault, breaking and entering, obstructing official business and tampering with evidence.

At Wednesday's hearing court officials also ordered Perry to be confined in isolation from the jail population. He remains in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $1 million bond.

Perry could face life in prison without parole.

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