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first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Florida teenager accused of killing his mother over an argument about his school grade has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder.A Volusia grand jury indicted Gregory Ramos, 15, this week on one count of first degree murder — a crime that could be punishable by a life sentence, according to Spencer S. Hathaway, a spokesman for Florida’s State Attorney’s office.The grand jury charge appeared to catch the state attorney’s office off guard.“I’m surprised, I’m shocked, I’m bewildered by the fact we’re in a position to have to prosecute a 15-year-old for murdering his mother,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said of the decisions in the statement.“That’s a sad day, and it’s a sad announcement I’m making, and I take no pleasure in the fact that the state attorney’s office will be prosecuting the 15-year-old for the murder of his mother as an adult.”Ramos’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday from ABC News.Ramos confessed to killing of his mother, Gail Cleavenger, 46, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.Ramos later led the police to the body of his mother which he buried in a fire pit at a church, Chitwood said.Ramos allegedly strangled his mother to death on Nov. 2 after the two had an argument about his D grade while his stepfather was on a business trip in Seattle, Washington.In previous press conferences, Chitwood has said that during police interrogations, Ramos seemed proud of himself.“He believed he was the smartest person in the room and he continued to tell us his theories of what he believed and why: what happened to his mom and where we should be focusing our attention,” Chitwood said earlier this month.Eventually, officials said, the teen changed course, admitted to the murder, and walked investigators through his plot and its execution.“She was a mom,” Chitwood said of Cleavenger earlier this month. “She was a wife. She was a sister. By all accounts she was an amazing human being.”After Cleavenger’s killing, Ramos allegedly got two friends to come and help him stage a fake burglary at his home. Ramos and both co-defendants — Dylan Ceglarek, 17, and Brian Porras, 17 — remain confined at the Volusia County jail, according to Hathaway.Porras’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday from ABC News. It was not immediately clear who is representing Ceglarek.“The co-defendants were charged by information with being accessories after the fact of a first degree murder,” Hathaway told ABC News. He went on saying that the two could be sentenced to 30 years in prison if found guilty.The trio are set to be arraigned in December and they have not yet entered a plea.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe Virginia native concluded by sharing his hopes for the future. “I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again,” he noted. “We, the Lentz family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will walk into it together very hopeful and grateful for the grace of God.”Carl and Laura, 42, married in 2003 and are parents of Ava, 16, Charlie, 14, and Roman, 11.- Advertisement – “When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God,” he explained. “When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld. Laura and I and our amazing children have given all that we have to serve and build this church and over the years I did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available. When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences.”Carl then divulged the exact reason for his termination.Pastor Carl Lentz Admits He Was Unfaithful to His Wife Amid His Firing From Hillsong ChurchLaura and Carl Lentz Courtesy Carl Lentz/Instagram“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he continued. “I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need. I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have.”- Advertisement – Hillsong Church Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston announced on Wednesday, November 4, that Carl was fired due to “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”The religious leader is known for his friendship with Bieber, 26. The singer lived with Carl and his family in New Jersey at one point, and he baptized the Grammy winner.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Carl Lentz, Justin Bieber’s friend and a former pastor at Hillsong Church, revealed he was fired from the institution because he cheated on his wife, Laura Lentz.The Hillsong NYC cofounder, 41, wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption on Thursday, November 5, that his exit from the church was “a hard ending” to his and his family’s time there.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Pennant produced a wonderful 82nd-minute strike that curled over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to secure a 1-0 victory in their Barclays Premier League clash at Upton Park. The 30-year-old winger’s contract was due to expire in the summer and he was expected to leave having been marginalised under former boss Tony Pulis, only for Hughes to give him a 12-month extension. “Jermaine has been excellent since I came to the club. I’ve always admired his talent, but he’s had his own problems and will tell you that himself,” Hughes said. “When I came in and there was a real possibility he could leave the club, I felt like I couldn’t allow that to happen. You don’t want him turning up at Stoke in a different shirt. “I felt it made sense to keep him at the club and work with him to see what he’s like as an individual and player. He hasn’t disappointed me. He comes in every day with a smile on his face. “His work’s good and you don’t score a goal like he did without putting extra work in on the training ground, which he does every single day. “In the past maybe he’s been judged before he’s had the chance to show what he can do. He’s let himself down probably as well, which he’ll admit to. “He’s in a different place in his life now and is enjoying his life. I’m delighted for him.” Pennant’s goal was the highlight of a frustrating match that dominant Stoke should have won more comfortably with Kenwyne Jones, Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters failing to convert first-half chances. “I think everybody would agree that we deserved to win,” said Hughes, who is hoping to bring in an attacking player before the transfer window closes on Monday. Stoke manager Mark Hughes claimed Jermaine Pennant’s match-winning free-kick against West Ham proved why it was vital to keep him at the club. “From the first minute until the last we got the ball down, passed and moved. Overall we always looked a threat and the only criticism I’d have is we should have won more comprehensively. “We had to wait until the latter stages of the game and that great finish from Jermaine, but from our point of view it was almost the perfect away performance.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce acknowledged it was a poor display after watching his side fail to seriously trouble Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic. “At home, I haven’t seen us play that badly since we’ve been back in the Premier League, sadly,” Allardyce said. “We have to accept that at this moment in time it looks like we’re still establishing ourselves in the Premier League. “We still can’t quite reach the level of consistency this league demands. It was a really off day for us, a bad day. Our back four limited Stoke very well. “But the front six in terms of creativity really wasn’t there. It really wasn’t good enough and we played poorly, individually and collectively.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League suffered a major blow as they lost a two-goal lead at CSKA Moscow.Sergio Aguero tapped in Edin Dzeko’s pass to give City the lead in a near-empty stadium with fans banned over previous CSKA disturbances.James Milner slid home the second and then hit the post, before Seydou Doumbia converted from six yards.Doumbia was fouled late on and Bedras Natcho levelled from the spot.Leaky CityManchester City have conceded in 10 straight Champions League matches – 18 goals in all – and have not won since beating Bayern Munich in December 2013.The impact of Doumbia from the bench helped prevent a seventh successive defeat in the Champions League for CSKA but his tumble under a challenge from Aleksandar Kolarov will anger the visitors. Kolarov seemed to simply stand his ground in the 18-yard box but the Hungarian referee pointed to the spot in a moment that may end City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages for just the second time in four attempts.Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have two points from three games in Group E after losing at Bayern Munich and drawing at home to Roma.Acoustics inside Arena Khimki were unusual with only sporadic crowd noise as a result of a ban on supportersThey beat CSKA home and away in the group stages of last year’s competition and will have to beat them at Etihad Stadium in two weeks to stave off another early exit for one of Europe’s richest clubs. Pellegrini blames cold Moscow weatherPellegrini had vowed in pre-season to improve on his side’s recent European performances but also raised concerns before kick-off that the closed ground – a Uefa punishment for past violent and racist behaviour from the home side’s fans – could provide a strange challenge for his players.Those worries were fully realised as City conceded for the 10th Champions League game in a row and threw away a two-goal half-time lead they had comfortably merited.The echoes of a handful of dignitaries, stewards and youth-team players could be heard early on inside the Arena Khimki when Ahmed Musa and former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic both flashed efforts just wide from range.But silence met Aguero’s opener when Dzeko raced on to David Silva’s through ball to provide a tap-in and an 11th goal in as many games for the Argentine.City’s remaining group fixturesDateOpponent5 November CSKA Moscow (home)25 NovemberBayern Munich (home)10 DecemberRoma (away) After Aguero’s fifth goal in three games against CSKA, he turned provider when his scuffed cross-shot allowed Milner to race in and double the lead.The England midfielder smashed against the post moments later when well placed and his miss would ultimately prove costly as the hosts – fresh from a 6-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar at the weekend – stunned their visitors after the break.As City eased off – creating no meaningful opening in the second half – their hosts grew in confidence and Musa drilled an effort across goal for substitute Doumbia to convert.The English champions have faced Bayern Munich three times in the group stages, as well as Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Real Madrid, Napoli and Villarreal, as Uefa’s seeding system – based on past European performance – has worked against them.That system will change from next season – and City may well welcome an easier draw, because once Natcho’s late penalty eluded Joe Hart, their chances of a run to this year’s final in Berlin look decidedly slim.     VIDEOlast_img read more