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Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing, burying father

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 10:22:23-04

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing and burying his 54-year-old father at their Cleveland home in June 2018, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said in a release.

Devontey Brown, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of murder, one count of theft and one count of gross abuse of a corpse.

On July 13, 2018, the Washtenaw County Sherriff’s Department responded to a domestic violence call that involved Brown and his mother in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Brown, who was arrested at a nearby motel, admitted to shooting and killing his father in June 2018. He admitted to covering his father’s body with chemicals, burying him in the backyard and then stealing his cellphone, wallet and credit cards.

Cleveland police were notified and responded to the victim’s home on East 147th Street near Ross Avenue. The medical examiner discovered a decomposed body.

Investigators collected DNA from a glove, various articles of clothing and a diary page confession that linked Brown to the killing.

Brown was sentenced to life in prison, with his first eligibility of parole after serving 18 years.

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