AKRON, Ohio - A man who killed an Akron McDonald's employee during an attempted robbery in April was handed a life sentence in a Summit County courtroom Wednesday.
Johonnl Lewis, 21, of Springdale Street in Akron, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and weapons charges.
He was sentenced to serve life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2044.
Lewis was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday after he turned down a plea deal earlier this month that would have reduced his sentence to 26 years.
John Lehman, 28, was taking out the trash on April 6 at an Akron McDonald's on West Market Street when he was confronted by Lewis.
The Summit County Medical Examiner said Lehman was shot three times, including a fatal shot to the torso, and ruled the death a homicide.
Lewis was arrested on April 16 on South High Street.
According to an Akron police report, he made a videotaped confession.
Friends of the victim described Lehman as "an absolute sweetheart" who loved music.
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