Serial rapist pleads guilty to raping 2 women in Cleveland, total of 6 victims

Serial rapist pleads guilty to raping 2 women in Cleveland, total of 6 victims
Ronald Wheeler (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 48-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping a total of six women.

Ronald Wheeler just pleaded guilty to raping two women in Cleveland in December 2006 and March 2007.

He was tied to those cold case crimes after the unsolved rape kits were sent by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

Convicted of raping six women.
Convicted of raping six women. (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

Wheeler, who is already serving a 48-year prison term for four other stranger rapes, was immediately sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison.

He will not be eligible for release until August 2075.

“This serial rapist, who has been convicted of raping six victims, will now rightfully die behind bars,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “Although delayed, justice has been served for these victims.”

On Dec. 18, 2006, Wheeler attacked an 18-year-old woman as she was walking near East 105th Street and Quincy Avenue.

He forced her into an empty building and sexually assaulted her multiple times at gunpoint.

On March 19, 2007, Wheeler grabbed a 23-year-old woman, who was holding her five-month-old infant, at a bus stop near Woodhill Road and Woodland Avenue.

He forced the woman and her baby at gunpoint to a vacant area by nearby train tracks and assaulted her multiple times, several times while holding her child.

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