Cuyahoga County

Suspect pleads guilty in shooting of 5-year-old Ramon Burnett, faces life in prison


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of five suspects in the drive-by shooting that killed 5-year-old Ramon Burnett on the East Side last September pleaded guilty to murder Friday.

Marlon Hackett, 20, now faces a mandatory life sentence and will be eligible for parole when he is 40 years old. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped six other charges including aggravated murder and two felonious assault charges.

Hackett drove a borrowed car by the Villages of Carver Park Sept. 4 and opened fire on 18-year-old Dontavious Williams, police said.

Williams returned fire, and one of the bullets hit 5-year-old Ramon in the chest. The kindergartner was playing football in a field with some friends.

Hackett agreed to testify against the other defendants in the case as part of his plea. Williams, along with Richard Davonn Fields, Malik Marsean Norman and Demetric Croskey are also charged in the shootout and pleaded not guilty.

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