Killer of Parma gas station owner gets life in prison

Man who killed Parma gas station owner gets life in prison

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley says the then-21-year-old killer of a Parma gas station owner has been sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 50 years.

O'Malley says that Logan Sinclair robbed and killed the owner of the Sunoco gas station at 5385 Pearl Road in Parma.

According to O'Malley's news release, on Nov. 28, 2015, Sinclair, then 21, entered the Sunoco gas station and pointed his gun at owner Robert Sposit and demanded money from the cash register.

Sinclair took the money and attempted to flee the store when Sposit, 50, shot at Sinclair, O'Malley said.

Sinclair fell to the ground and Sposit attempted to detain him but, as Sposit turned his head to ask witnesses to call 911, Sinclair fatally shot him four times, O'Malley said in the release.

Sinclair then pointed his firearm and shot at one witness and wrestled with another before fleeing the store, according to the news release.

Parma Police caught Sinclair a few hours later hiding at a house on W. 46th Street in Parma, the news release reads.

In October 2016, Sinclair pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault, but quickly withdrew his plea, claiming self-defense and asked for a jury trial, O'Malley said in the release.

On March 16, 2017, a jury found him guilty of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery, court records reflect..

“Business owners are the backbone of our community,” said O’Malley. “We are reminded all too often these hard-working people are targeted by cowards. Today justice was served, but the sentence will not fill the void of this family’s tragic loss.”

© 2017 WKYC-TV


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