15-year-old's killer sentenced to life without parole
The man who murdered 15-year-old Sunny Ravi Patel at a sandwich shop in Cleveland Heights was sentenced today to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
On Wednesday of this week, 20-year-old Daveion Perry of Cleveland Heights pled guilty to Aggravated Murder in Sunny’s death and to all other counts in the indictment. Those charges covered the armed robbery and murder at the Mr. Hero restaurant on South Taylor Road as well as subsequent armed robberies at a Subway shop in University Heights and a Dollar General store in Cleveland Heights.
Mr. Perry was also charged with Felonious Assault for pointing his gun at Cleveland Heights Police Officers during his unsuccessful efforts to avoid capture after the Dollar General robbery and to dispose of evidence including the clothing he wore while committing the murder and other crimes.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert McClelland imposed the life without parole sentence that had been agreed to in negotiations between Mr. Perry’s attorney and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for Mr. Perry’s full confession, the State of Ohio agreed not to seek the death penalty in this case.
“There’s just no excuse for this violent and senseless act,” said Judge McClelland. Judge McClelland noted that he had reviewed all the evidence and that the defendant had been represented by counsel throughout the process.
Sunny Patel was a sophomore at Mayfield High School. He was helping out at the restaurant owned by his aunt and uncle just before 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14, when Mr. Perry entered the store and shot him. He then held Sunny’s uncle at gunpoint and demanded money from the cash register.
Two of Sunny’s cousins made victim impact statements to the Court, and letters from his parents and from a clerk at Subway were read into the record by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Mason.
“His life and happiness were priceless, and you stole from me what can never be replaced,” Sunny’s mother wrote.
“I am praying for you, wherever you are,” wrote the boy’s father. “I am praying for you, my unforgettable son.”
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Blaise Thomas, who with Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Diane Russell and Kelly Mason represented the State of Ohio in this case, presented a summary of the evidence. This included video of Mr. Perry entering Mr. Hero and firing his handgun within seconds.
“Sunny Patel saw death walk in the door and did what anyone would – he turned to flee,” said APA Thomas. “For that conduct, the defendant put a bullet in his head.”
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