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.
Dudas murdered Charles Vonderau on April 15, 2020.
The 94-year-old man was found inside his Plymouth Road home in the city’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood.
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.”