- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A man who tried to rape a teenager then fatally shot a woman during a crime spree east of Cleveland has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Thirty-six-year-old Mexican national Juan Razo was sentenced Wednesday in Lake County. Razo pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping to avoid the death penalty.

His attorney calls the sentence “appropriate.”

Authorities say Razo bound, raped and fatally shot 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik last July inside her Concord Township home, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Razo earlier tried to rape a 14-year-old girl at a county park. He later shot and wounded a woman walking with her children on a bike path using a rifle taken from Kostelnik’s home. Razo was arrested after firing a shot at police.


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