CLEVELAND -- A Northeast Ohio man accused of badly beating an elderly couple during a home invasion entered guilty pleas to nine charges including attempted murder.
Ronald Ellis Jr., 21, entered his plea Friday. He will be sentenced Oct. 23. He will serve mandatory prison time and faces up to 76 years behind bars.
Prosecutors say this crime left the victims permanently changed: physically, mentally and emotionally injured.
They say 80-year-old Margaret Kovachik was kidnapped after she and her husband, 82-year-old Richard Kovachik, were assaulted and bound with duct tape.
Investigators say the victims were pistol whipped by Ellis. Then he used the woman's car to kidnap her in the trunk and stole her credit cards.
Fingerprint evidence linked him to the crime. The charges against Ellis included attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and other crimes.
The state agreed to a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation in the cases against several other possible co-conspirators, including one juvenile who will be in court next week.
The family wouldn't comment on the condition of either victim but did reserve the right to revoke this agreement if either victim dies as a result of their injuries.
Both were hospitalized following the attack in June.