A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for murdering his mum and using a wheelbarrow to dispose of her body after they argued about his school grades.
Gregory Ramos was 15-years-old when he strangled Gail Cleavenger to death in November 2018.
The teenager from Florida received his sentence on Friday.
It will be reviewed after 25 years, and Ramos would stay on probation for the rest of his life once he’s released from prison, local publication WESH reported.
Investigators said it took Ramos about 30 minutes to strangle his mother with his bare hands. He then put her in a wheelbarrow, pushed it outside and loaded it in the family van, court records show.
Ramos said the murder occurred after they argued over his grades, investigators said.
Two of Ramos’ friends are also charged as adults with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
The two friends were not present for the murder, however they are accused of helping Ramos attempt to cover up the crime.
At the hearing on Friday (local time), Ramos’ 84-year-old grandmother was allowed to see him up close.
She said she would always be with her grandson and prayed with him, WESH reported.
Ramos’ aunts and uncles told the court it felt as though they had lost not only Ms Cleavenger, but also Ramos, as they shared memories of the mum.
Ramos was emotional as his family members spoke at the hearing, the TV station reported.
During a hearing in December Assistant Volusia County Public Defender Matt Phillips said Ramos is remorseful and “regrets his actions every day.”
“He is looking forward to having a release date and proving he can be a productive citizen,” Philips said last month.
With Associated Press
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