DAILYKENN.com -- 46-year-old Trina Tomola and 50-year-old Michael Kuznik are dead. The married couple were fatally shot during a robbery at a car dealership they owned.
Arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death is 31-year-old Joseph McAlpin.
Reports say the couple opened the car lot in a black neighborhood, apparently unconcerned or unaware of the savagery that is endemic to such areas.
Such crimes explain why black neighborhoods languish in economic depravity: The risk is simply too high.
From cleveland19.com ▼
The man convicted of killing a couple who owned a car dealership in Cleveland was sentenced to death by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan on Tuesday.
Joseph McAlpin, 31, was found guilty on 11 charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, stemming from the deadly robbery in April of 2017.
Having weapons under disability
Cruelty to animals
On May 16, the jury assigned to McAlpin’s trial deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before recommending the death sentence as punishment. Judge Corrigan honored the jury’s recommendation by finding capital punishment fit for McAlpin’s crimes.
The death sentence will now be appealed directly to the Supreme Court of Ohio.
McAlpin was convicted in April of killing 46-year-old Trina Tomola, 50-year-old Michael Kuznik, and their dog at the married couple’s car dealership, Mr. Cars, on East 185th Street in 2017. The couple’s son found their bodies later that evening, both with fatal gunshot wounds to their heads.
Several cars and cash were also stolen.
McAlpin represented himself throughout the trial, which began on March 18.
Family of the victims did not want to address McAlpin in open court during Tuesday’s sentencing, but Cleveland Councilman Michael Polensek was willing to speak:
“I saw what this individual did to them. The viciousness of the crime. He is a demonic killer. It’s one thing to rob somebody, but it’s another thing to do what he did. Him and his cohorts, what they are, are predators.”
“This crime on Good Friday not only devastated the family and tore that family apart, but devastated the community,” Polensek exclaimed passionately.
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