CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor confirms that Kenneth Booker, of East Cleveland, pleaded guilty today to killing his wife and will spend 19 years in prison.
Police and EMS were called to a Euclid Avenue apartment on Jan. 21 around 4:30 p.m. There they discovered the body of Carolyn Booker, 59.
She had been strangled.
Later that day, East Cleveland Police arrested Booker, 55, who had recently rented the apartment.
Today in the courtroom of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Pamela A. Barker, Booker entered a plea of guilty to one count each of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault, domestic violence and violating a temporary protective order.
Barker ordered the defendant to spend 19 years in prison.
On July 29, 2013, Kenneth Booker entered a guilty plea to felony domestic violence and was sentenced to two years on probation by Judge Barker.
As part of that sentence, Judge Barker had extended an order for the defendant to have no contact with Carolyn Booker.
"Kenneth Booker was given ample warning by this court to stop physically abusing his wife," said Assistant County Prosecutor Gregory J. Mussman, who along with Assistant County Prosecutor Shannon M. Musson represented the State of Ohio in this case.
"But instead he took her life, and now he will have 19 years to consider the consequences of his actions."