Man accused of murdering 94-year-old Cleveland WWII veteran pleads guilty

Man accused of murdering 94-year-old Cleveland WWII veteran pleads guilty

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 42-year-old Cleveland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating an elderly WW2 veteran to death.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Russo then sentenced Michael Dudas to life, with first eligibility of parole after serving 28 to 29 1/2 years in prison.

Michael Dudas was sentenced to 29 1/2 years in prison for the murder of a WW2 veteran.
Michael Dudas was sentenced to 29 1/2 years in prison for the murder of a WW2 veteran. (Source: WOIO)

Dudas murdered Charles Vonderau on April 15, 2020.

WW2 vet murdered

Plea expected from man accused of beating a Cleveland WW2 veteran to death.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The 94-year-old man was found inside his Plymouth Road home in the city’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood.

94-year-old man murdered in his own home.
94-year-old man murdered in his own home. (Source: 19 News)

Officers went to the home to conduct a welfare check and found Vonderau’s body.

“This was a brutal murder by an individual who has no regard for human life,” said Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “This senseless killing – of a man who served our nation during a time when we needed him most – is truly tragic.”

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