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Man who killed boy, 5, sentenced to life in prison without parole

6:52 PM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said late Friday that Julian Whitaker, 32, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to the 10-count indictment,  including charges of Aagravated murder, kidnapping, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, and cruelty to animals.

In May of 2011, Whitaker and his girlfriend, along with her 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, moved to a home on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland.

On June 1, 2011, Whitaker was home with the children while their mother was at work. Using steak knives from their home, Whitaker murdered the boy, attempted to murder the girl and then fatally stabbed their dog.

When police arrived, Whitaker came out of the house with a knife in his hand and charged at three officers, refusing the officers' commands to drop the knife.

He was shot multiple times and then taken into custody.

After Whitaker pleaded guilty, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Sutula immediately sentenced Whitaker to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 60 additional years consecutive.


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