ERIE COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - A man who was charged with murdering a Sandusky police officer pleaded guilty Friday morning.
A clerk from the Erie County Clerk of Courts confirmed Kevin Randleman pleaded guilty to all charges, including aggravated murder, having a weapon under disability and carrying a concealed weapon. As a result, he has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole.
Family and friends of officer Andrew Dunn were in the courtroom.
The hearing was originally to determine if Randleman was competent to be sentenced to death.
Dunn was killed in March of 2011 while responding to a call near Hayes Road in Sandusky. Investigators said Randleman fatally shot Dunn after being pulled over for not having lights on his bicycle, which is required by a state law.
Investigators said Randleman tried to get away from Dunn and then pulled a gun, firing at least six times. Officer Dunn was hit five times: four times in the back but the fifth bullet was stopped by his bullet-proof vest. Dunn returned fire, hitting Randleman twice in the arm before losing consciousness. Authorities said Dunn fired a total of 12 rounds.
After Randleman was treated at a Toledo hospital, he was sent to jail.
Randleman has a criminal record in Sandusky, which includes a charge of aggravated murder in 1990. After decided he acted in self defense, he was acquitted of that charge and convicted of carrying a concealed weapon. In 1998, he was convicted of drug trafficking.
Officer Dunn was the first person in the Sandusky Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. Officers say he had been a full-time officer for three years. He leaves behind his wife and two children.
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