Life in Prison for Man Who Murdered Over Cell Phone

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A Cleveland man will spend the next 18 years to life behind bars for murdering a man who was trying to return a lost cell phone.

County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced on Wednesday that Edward Lesure III, 33, pleaded guilty to the murder of 49-year-old Joseph Carter on July 11, 2011.

Lesure was subsequently sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years by Judge Janet Burnside.

Lesure’s co-conspirator in the crime, Eric Perry, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and will be sentenced tomorrow by Burnside.

Last summer Carter, found a cell phone in front of a store at East 103rd Street and Union Avenue in Cleveland. He was able to contact the owner of the cell phone by calling some of the phone numbers listed as contacts in the phone.

Carter set up a time and location to return the phone to Lesure, who after receiving the phone, pulled out a handgun and shot Carter twice.

Lesure and Perry then drove from the scene leaving Carter to die in a driveway along East 102nd Street.

Carter left behind two children.