CLEVELAND, Ohio — The man set to go on trial for the murder of a Cleveland grandmother today accepted a plea deal and will spend the next 30-years in prison.
Charles Yonkings, 31, of North Ridgeville accepted a plea deal in the death of Lynne Beardsley, who was murdered in August of last year.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutor downgraded the aggravated murder charge Yonkings was facing to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Yonkings was arrested in California after fleeing the area following Beardsley’s murder.
A co-worker of Beardsley, 56, discovered her body in her apartment on August 19, 2011. Her throat had been slashed.
Beardsley’s daughter, Sunshine Homner, spoke in court prior to Yonkings’ sentencing.
“My siblings and I are lost and off balance without the presence of our mother. Her positive thinking, non-judgmental spirit and laughter could never be replaced,” said Homner. “Although now we see terrible visions of struggle, pain and suffering while Charles Yonkings was taking her life.”
Yonkings had been released from jail on theft and drug related charges just weeks prior to Beardsley’s murder.