Cuyahoga County

Anthony J. King Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Aggravated Murder of James and Wava King

January 17, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that Anthony J. King, 29, of Parma, was sentence to life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years by Judge John Russo.

On April 23, 2012, Anthony King beat his grandparents with a pipe wrench in their Virginia Avenue residence located in Cleveland. The body of Wava King, 72, was found by her daughter at approximately 9:30 am lying on the couch partially covered with a blanket and pillows. The daughter was unable to locate her father or their family vehicle which was parked in the driveway, and immediately called 911.

Cleveland Police and EMS responded to the scene and pronounced Wava King dead. The body of James King, 75, was located by law enforcement in the basement of the residence. Both deaths were ruled as multiple blunt force traumas to the head.

Later that same day, Parma Police located the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on State Road being operated by Anthony King. The vehicle was stopped and King was detained without incident.

On November 30, 2012, King plead guilty to four counts of Aggravated Murder, one count of Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Kidnapping, one count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and one count of Tampering with Evidence.

Assistant County Prosecutor’s Scott Zarzycki and Holly Welsh prosecuted this case.

Contact: Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, (216) 698-2819, cell (216) 299-9326 or    

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