CLEVELAND-- The man accused of murdering a Salvation Army employee appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.
William Ted Jones, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, felonious assault, attempted murder, burglary and more. He will be sentenced on May 21. He faces a maximum sentence of life without parole plus 241 years.
Jared Plesec, 21, was killed in the lobby of the Euclid Beach Villa Apartments on Dec. 2. Witnesses said he was sharing scripture with the suspect before he was shot in the head.
Police said the shooting was the beginning on Jones' crime spree, which included several carjackings, before his arrest later that day.
“He wanted to take responsibility,and he wanted to avoid the death penalty," said Kevin Spellacy, defense attorney.
Spellacy also said there was no agreed upon sentence, but Jones now faces life without parole.
A portion of Grovewood Avenue, near the Salvation Army facility, was named in Plesec's honor.