CLEVELAND -- Two-time killer Marlon Ricks has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the March 2012 murder of Danielle Coleman, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.
Ricks, 43, entered a plea of no contest to the charges against him on Jan. 21. After hearing a summary of the facts from prosecutors, Common Pleas Court Judge Steven E. Gall found Ricks guilty on one count of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of grand theft.
Today Gall sentenced Ricks to spend the rest of his life in prison. He will never be eligible for parole.
On March 9, 2012, Danielle Coleman, 25, of Bedford, went to Ricks' home in Garfield Heights for a dinner date. She was never seen alive again.
On March 12, Ricks' sister, with whom he was living, returned home after being out of town for the weekend. She called police after discovering a body wrapped in trash bags and duct tape near the rear entrance to the house.
Inside those bags, investigators found Danielle Coleman's body. She had been stabbed 17 times in the head and neck. Her truck was later recovered in Cleveland.
DNA from Ricks was found on the trash bags and duct tape used to wrap the body. It was also found on trash bags, duct tape, papers and a beer bottle recovered from the victim's truck. So were his fingerprints and hair.
Ricks was arrested in East Cleveland on Dec. 3, 2012, by the Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. The arrest took place about a mile and a half from where Coleman's truck had been found.
Ricks is a repeat murderer. In 1990, he entered a plea of guilty to murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and felonious assault charges for killing his father, Abdullah Caliph. He was released on parole in April 2011.
"Marlon Ricks is a cold-blooded killer who has proven that when he is angry, he will do anything -- even commit murder," said Assistant County Prosecutor Jesse Canonico, who prosecuted this case for the state of Ohio. "This sentence gives Danielle's family closure and a sense of justice, and it ensures that Marlon Ricks will never kill again."