NewsLocal NewsCleveland Metro

Actions

29-year-old man sentenced to life in prison after murder of woman in 2018

prison
Posted at 8:55 PM, Dec 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-08 20:55:57-05

CLEVELAND — A 29-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with the first eligibility of parole after 15 years for the murder of a 31-year-old woman in 2018, according to a tweet from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley.

In Sept. 2018, the woman was beaten to death in Slavic Village. Her body was hidden behind church steps. Jamal Kukla was arrested in May 2020 after his DNA matched DNA found at the crime scene.

RELATED: Familial DNA leads to indictments for man accused of killing woman in Slavic Village in 2018

Kukla was found guilty on the following charges on Nov. 10:

  • Two counts of murder
  • One count of felonious assault
  • One count of tampering with evidence
  • One count of gross abuse of a corpse

Watch live and local news any time:

News 5 Now: Morning

Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.