Cuyahoga County

Jerome Wade Sentenced to 11.5 Years in Prison

August 19, 2013

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia sentenced Jerome Wade to the maximum sentence of 11 ½ years in prison.

On September 6, 2006, the body of 72-year-old Mary Hudson was found lying on the bedroom floor in her East Cleveland apartment by a repairman and security guard. East Cleveland Police reported to the scene and observed the victim had been strangled and hog-tied with a stocking and a telephone cord. The residence had been ransacked and the music system and a sofa cushion cover were stolen. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office Cold Case Unit began investigating this case in December of 2009. The investigation led to a DNA match of Wade, 63, of Cleveland. Wade's DNA was located in the victim’s body, under her fingernails and on the stockings used to hog-tie her. Wade's fingerprints were also found on a plastic drinking cup left near where the stereo had been stolen in the living room of her apartment. On August 16, 2013, Wade plead guilty to one count of Manslaughter. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for this crime.

In a separate case, on October 1, 2012, Wade robbed a 65-year-old female near 10411 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. He grabbed the victim’s money from her person and fled the area on foot. Witnesses on scene chased Wade and detained him until law enforcement arrived. On August 16, 2013, Wade plead guilty to one count of Attempted Robbery. He sentenced today to 1 ½ years for this incident. Judge Matia subsequently ran these two sentences consecutive to each other for a total of 11 ½ years in prison.

Assistant County Prosecutors Richard Bell and Brad Meyer prosecuted this case.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communication and Public Policy or Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, Phone: (216) 698-2819     

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