Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering Women, Raping Children

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CLEVELAND– A Cleveland serial rapist, who murdered two of his victims in the early 1990s, will never get out of prison after a plea deal and sentencing.

Monday, Elias Acevedo, 49, pleaded guilty to 297 counts, including charges for the murders of 18-year-old Christina Adkins in 1995 and 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton in 1994.

Adkins disappeared at the age of 18; she was five months pregnant.

Pemberton was Acevedo’s neighbor.

A judge sentenced Acevedo to 445 years in prison.

Prosecutors said they convinced Acevedo to confess by agreeing to drop the possibility of the death penalty.

Acevedo also admitted to raping and kidnapping four other females.

Three of his victims were blood relatives, and children at the time of his repeated sexual abuse.

FOX 8′s Jack Shea reports that every time a plea was entered, Acevedo looked down.

After the long list of guilty pleas, Acevedo’s victims stood up and spoke to their abuser and the packed courtroom

"I just wanted to be heard for 16 long years," one rape victim said.

"There have been so many tears and so much pain you will never understand," another said through tears.

"For the last 20 years I've had to live with what he did to me mentally, emotionally and physically," said a woman who was raped by Acevedo in 1993.

The families of Adkins and Pemberton also spoke.

"He doesn't realize what a beautiful person he took away from me," Christina Adkins' mother, Debbie Marmol, said.

It was really horrifying. It's been very horrifying the last 19 years, not even knowing who did it," Pamela Pemberton’s sister, Sheila Pemberton, said

Acevedo stood and apologized.

"And I'm sorry. I wish I could bring your daughters back," he said.

The judge told Acevedo, “You have shocked the conscious of the community by your actions.”

After the sentencing, Acevedo’s attorney, Bret Jordan, said his client does not know why he committed the rapes and murders.

"He doesn't remember most of them. He was either highly intoxicated or high," Jordan said.

The judge ordered Acevedo immediately turned over the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to begin serving his sentence.

Blaise Thomas, an assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County, called it  "... a very quick resolution to a very complex case."

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