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Judge sentences teen to 9 years in prison for pistol-whipping, robbing elderly man

Posted at 10:19 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 15:04:45-04

CLEVELAND — Ronald Kadar, the man who pistol-whipped and robbed an elderly man in July 2018, was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Friday.

Judge John D. Sutula sentenced Kadar to a total of 9 years in prison, six years for the aggravated robbery charge and three years for the firearm specification.

Addressing the court, Sutula said a few words after handing down the sentencing.

"I usually don’t talk too much at sentencing. Mr. Kadar is a young man and if we throw him away forever that won’t change anything in terms of what he has already done and I understand that taking someone’s sense of security as I said takes everything away from them. This is Mr. Kadar's first felony offense. He has a horrible juvenile record," Judge Sutula said. "Prison can be the worst possible place in the world. It can make him a worse person than he already is or if he really applies himself, it can be the best possible place... that he would never want to go back there. That’s up to him. I hope he takes that route."

Kadar issued an apology to the man he robbed saying, " I wish he [the victim] was here today, so I could tell him I am sorry."

In court, prosecutors played the surveillance video showing the armed robbery on July 9, 2018 in an apartment complex parking lot near Puritas Avenue and West 37th Street.

Kadar, 17, and Jonathan Hill, 19, were in the same parking when they approached the 75-year-old man.

Kadar pistol-whipped the man in the head multiple times until he fell to the ground. They stole his vehicle and drove away.

Hill pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and one count of attempted abduction.

An investigation led to the arrest of Kadar and Hill in an apartment near Pearl Road and Ira Avenue.