Surprise Plea in Sandusky Officer’s Murder
SANDUSKY, Ohio — The man accused of killing Sandusky police officer Andrew Dunn entered a surprise plea in court Friday morning, Fox 8 News reports.
Kevin Randleman, 51, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, having a weapon under disability and carrying a concealed weapon. Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Friday was supposed to mark the second day of an Atkins hearing to determine Randleman’s intellectual functions. Under the 8th Amendment, the death penalty can’t be imposed on a mentally disabled person.
Thursday night, however, the prosecution met with Dunn’s family to inform them that Randleman intended to plead guilty.
The news comes nearly a year and a half after Dunn’s death on March 19, 2011. The 30-year-old officer was patrolling Tyler Street when he approached Randleman, who was riding a bike.
Investigators say Randleman pulled out a gun, and the two exchanged fire. Dunn was shot several times; Randleman hit at least once.
Both were taken to area hospitals, but Dunn later died. He is survived by a wife and two sons.
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