Central Florida teen faces sentencing in mother’s death after fight over grades

Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel
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Gregory Ramos, the teen who pled guilty to murdering his mother, is being sentenced Friday morning.

Ramos was arrested when he was 15 in 2018 in DeBary, accused of killing his mother, which he says happened because of an argument they had over his grades, the Orlando Sentinel reported in an earlier article.

Ramos pled guilty in December to strangling his mother, 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, then calling two friends to help him bury her body and stage a robbery at his house.

Ramos called 911, the day after he killed Cleavenger, and reported his home had been broken into, authorities said.

But Volusia investigators said they determined quickly that something else was wrong.

After hours of interrogation, they said, Ramos confessed to authorities that he killed his mother.

In 2018, a grand jury indicted him on a charge of first degree murder. He was charged as an adult and could have faced up to life in prison.

However, the plea agreement entered in December calls for 45 years in prison for the first degree murder charge with probation for the rest of his life with an opportunity to review the sentence after 25 years in prison.

Ramos’ sentencing trial begins at 9 a.m. in front of Circuit Judge Sandra C. Upchurch., according to the Volusia County docket.