One man pleads guilty, another heads to trial in Jim Brennan case

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A hearing for two of four men charged in the murder of a Cleveland Heights restaurant owner happened late Friday afternoon.

Devonne Turner chose to plead guilty on all charges after a plea deal from the state was offered, but Devonne did not meet the conditions of it. That deal would have been life in prison with a chance of parole after 37 years.

Devonne faces up to 200 years in prison on all charges if the judge gives him the maximum sentence on all counts.

"He did not want to put the Brennan family through, what would have been a horrible trial for them, hearing all the details of their loved one and his loss of life, so he decided to plea to the indictment and let the judge decide his fate," said Devonne Turner's defense attorney David Grant.

"From day one, he's expressed to us how badly he feels about what happened, this is a man that served six years in the Navy and had no criminal record prior to this incident," Grant said.

The judge and Devonne's lawyers are set to meet at a later time to choose a sentencing date.

Paul Turner elected to not take the state's plea deal, which offered him a sentence of 16 and a half years total. Paul chose to head to trial on March 25.

Prosecutors say Jim Brennan, the owner of Brennan's Colony, was murdered during an apparent robbery at his restaurant in June 2014.

Earlier this month, co-defendants Darien Jones and Brandon Jones pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Darien Jones was the alleged shooter.

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Judge is announcing all of Paul Turner’s charges and the maximum sentences they carry

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Prosecutor is suggested maximum prison sentence would be 16 and a half years, minimum four years

Those sentences are if the sentences are run consecutively 

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Prosecutors are only having Paul Turner plead guilty to three different charges and his plea agreement is not connected to Devonne Turner 

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Judge currently speaking with Paul Turner and if he understands the plea deal

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He has chosen not to take the plea and is going to trial on March 25th

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Judge explains that by going to trial he faces up to 50 years if convicted compared to 16 and a half with the plea deal

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He agrees to go to trial and leaves the court room

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Devonne Turner has entered the court room

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Judge is reading through the charges against Devonne

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Prosecutor is now discussing that there is no plea from the state and there will be a trial on March 25th

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Prosecutor says conditions of the discussed plea were not met, so they cannot continue with the plea

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The plea would have been life in prison with the first chance of parole after 37 years

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Devonne Turner has decided to enter his own plea, he has chosen to plead guilty to all charges against him 

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Judge is making sure Devonne Turner understands his options before pleading guilty

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Judge now reading through each charge to make sure Devonne Turner is pleading guilty to all of them

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Judge is telling Devonne Turner the maximum sentence and fine for each of the counts he’s pleading guilty to

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In just first case: Judge tells Devonne Turner his maximum prison sentence could be (without firearm specifications) 108 and a half years in jail. With the firearm specification it would be 114 and half years

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In second case: Judge tells Devonne Turner his maximum prison sentence could be 29 years

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In third case: Judge tells Devonne Turner his maximum prison sentence could be 55

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So if all three cases are running consecutively, Devonne Turner could face nearly 200 years in prison

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Judge tells Devonne Turner she is making no promises about what his sentence will be, but that he should consider the sentences of his co-defendents (Darien and Brandon Jones) 

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Judge says she will not sentence Devonne Turner

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Lawyers and judge will meet Monday to choose a sentencing date