At the time of the murder, he had been out of prison for less than a week after completing a sentence on burglary-related charges.
CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Corrigan has sentenced Darlell Orr to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murder of a Cleveland man during a 2011 home invasion.
At the time of the murder, Orr had been out of prison for less than a week after completing a sentence on burglary-related charges. He has spent most of his adult life in jail.
On Sept. 18, following a lengthy bench trial, Corrigan had found Orr, 34, of Warrensville Heights, guilty on two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability.
At trial, prosecutors proved that, on the morning of Oct. 10, 2011, Orr and an accomplice were armed with guns when they broke into the Cleveland home of Peter Nelson Jr. Orr and Nelson began fighting, and during the struggle, Orr lost a ski mask and a cell phone that evidence showed to be his.
When Nelson began to go up the stairs to check on his three children, Orr called to his still-unidentified accomplice who fatally shot Nelson in the head. Orr and the other man then fled the home on West 97th Street.
DNA found at the crime scene led to Orr's arrest on March 12, 2012.