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Parma man sentenced to life in prison for 2021 murder of his girlfriend

Richard Muncie will have an opportunity for parole in 30 years
Credit: North Royal Police Department
50-year-old Richard Muncie of Parma was arrested and charged over the weekend in the death of Cari Smith, whose body was found in a Geneva Township landfill on June 25.

CLEVELAND — 50-year-old Parma native Richard Muncie appeared in court for his final pretrial on Monday afternoon. 

Muncie pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of gross abuse of a corpse. 

After pleading guilty, Cuyahoga County Common Please Court Judge Daniel Gaul sentenced Muncie to life in prison with an opportunity for parole after 30 years. 

In June 2021, Muncie was arrested after his girlfriend Cari Smith’s body was discovered in a Geneva Township landfill. Muncie was indicted on nine charges for the murder of his girlfriend. 

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According to officials, Muncie entered his girlfriend's home and killed her on June 25, 2021. After killing her, Muncie allegedly put her body in a vehicle, later dumping it in Ashtabula County.

According to North Royalton officials, the waste management officials located Smith inside of a landfill after she was reported missing.

After discovering Smith’s body, Muncie was located by police in Chardon, Ohio and was arrested. 

Muncie was indicted on nine charges for the murder of his girlfriend. 

The charges include: 

•             One count of Aggravated Murder

•             Two counts of Murder

•             One count of Aggravated Robbery

•             One count of Aggravated Burglary

•             One count of Felonious Assault

•             One count of Tampering With Evidence

•             One count of Grand Theft

•             One count of Theft

•             One count of Gross Abuse Of A Corpse

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