Wadsworth teen sentenced to life in prison for elderly neighbor’s murder

MEDINA- Ohio - A local teenager was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole for the brutal murder of an 98-year-old Wadsworth woman.

Gavon Ramsay, 17, was charged with aggravated murder, two counts of murder, one count of aggravated burglary, one count of kidnapping and one count of gross abuse of a corpse in connection for the April 2018 murder of Margaret Douglas.

Douglas was discovered in a closet of her Wadsworth home after she had been reported missing. Investigators determined she had been strangled, her body concealed in a pile of clothing.

During sentencing, Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce Kimbler ruled the teen was corrupt beyond redemption and unfit to reenter society.

Detectives identified Ramsay as a suspect after searching his phone in an unrelated matter. Pictures of Douglas sleeping on her couch were discovered on Ramsay's phone.

Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson, in an interview with Fox 8 News, said Ramsay, who was a neighbor of Douglas', entered her home through an unlocked back door with only one intention, and that was to kill her.

Thompson said the phone records suggest he was in the house for as long as two hours. DNA evidence on a glove found outside of Ramsay's home connected him to the crime.

A red wallet that was taken from Douglas' home was also discovered in Ramsay's bedroom. Thompson also confirmed that Ramsay had been writing in a journal for months before the murder, describing fantasies about killing and strangling people.

"There was a clear indication, at one point, at the initiation of the videoing, that she was still alive. There were later videos when she was deceased.” said Thompson during the November interview, after Ramsay entered a no contest plea to the charges.

When asked whether he understood the charges to which he was pleading during the November hearing, Ramsay replied, “I caused the death of Margaret Douglas.”
Judge Joyce Kimbler then found Ramsay guilty on all charges.

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