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AKRON -- Emotions were heavy as a man admitted to killing a fast food employee earlier this year.

Johnnl Lewis pleaded guilty to charges tied to the shooting death of 28-year-old John Lehman.

Lewis, who apologized to the victim's family with tears in his eyes, was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison.

Lehman, who had developmental disabilities, was gunned down April 6 while taking out the trash at the McDonald's where he worked on West Market Street.

Lehman had worked at the restaurant for a decade.