Man sentenced to life in prison for killing beloved Strongsville teacher
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of fatally stabbing and shooting his future mother-in-law was sentenced to life in prison.
Jeffrey Scullin, 21, learned his fate for the murder of the Strongsville middle school teacher, 49-year-old Melinda Pleskovic, at the sentencing hearing on Monday morning.
Investigators found Pleskovic, suffering from multiple gunshot and stab wounds, in her home on Blazing Star Drive in Oct. 2017.
It was initially reported to police that a burglar broke into the house and killed Pleskovic, but detectives eventually linked her daughter’s fiance to the murder.
Court documents revealed DNA from both Pleskovic and Scullin was found on a knife inside a truck in the driveway of the Pleskovic’s home. A gun was also found in a car on Fair Street in Strongsville where Scullin’s father, a former Cleveland police officer, lives.
Scullin, who served as a pallbearer at Pleskovic’s funeral, was scheduled to marry her daughter just days after the murder.
He was arrested three days later and confessed to the crimes.
On Oct. 17, 2018, Scullin pleaded no contest to multiple charges, including aggravated murder, murder, and felonious assault.
The judge ruled on Monday that Scullin could be eligible for parole after serving 33 years in prison.
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