Cuyahoga County

Killer gets life in prison for slayings that judge called 'completely unnecessary'


Cleveland Ohio – A convicted killer was sentenced Friday to life in prison for killing two people in 2012 and then fleeing to Texas to hide from authorities.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo said James McAlpine's first chance of parole is in 34 years. Authorities say the slayings took place because the victims apparently disrespected McAlpine and angered him. Neither had weapons.

"You took two lives, and it was completely unnecessary,'' Russo told McAlpine.

McAlpine, 30, of Bedford, pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges of aggravated murder in the slayings of Keisha Freeman, 31, and Reshawn Foster, 29, both of Cleveland. 

McAlpine shot Freeman nine times Sept. 11, 2012, in the 3600 block of East 118th Street. Authorities said Freeman saw her neighbor, Courtney Greene, argue loudly with McAlpine, who was Greene's boyfriend.

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