Cuyahoga County

Nathaniel Woods Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of 23-Year-Old Kimberly Bolton

February 8, 2013

CLEVELAND- County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that Nathaniel Woods was sentenced by Judge Michael Astrab to life in prison without the possibility of parole for causing the death of Kimberly Bolton.

On December 14, 2011, Woods, 52, of Cleveland, caused the death of 23-year-old Kimberley Bolton, of Cleveland, at his residence on Edna Avenue. Woods then burned the victim's body near a house on Bayliss Avenue. Cleveland Police were able to identify Bolton through fingerprints. On December 19, 2011, a warrant was issued for Woods. He was arrested the same day on Elmwood Avenue in Cleveland.

On November 15, 2012, after an eleven day trial, a jury found Nathaniel Woods guilty of one count of aggravated murder, one count of gross abuse of a corpse, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Assistant County Prosecutors Kevin Filiatraut and Norman Schroth prosecuted this case.

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

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