Suspect pleads guilty to 2016 Cleveland murders, sentenced to over 50 years in prison
A Cleveland murder suspect has pleaded guilty to killing two women in 2016.
On April 21, 2016, multiple 911 calls were made about a person being stabbed at Springbrook apartments on Blackburn Road.
Cleveland police officers found Steven Jacob Reed standing in the roadway when they arrived, Cleveland Police Department PIO Evie West explained. Reed's pants were torn and there appeared to be blood on his clothing. He was detained by officers.
West said inside an apartment, officers found Sewell Anthony Beck with multiple stab wounds. Beck told officers that Reed had stabbed others inside another apartment. Beck was airlifted to an area hospital for emergency surgery.
Inside the second apartment, officers found Crystal Canino and Crystal York McCarter. They also had multiple stab wounds, West explained.
Canino was pronounced dead at the scene, and McCarter was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Reed was taken to the Cleveland Police Department for questioning, and after seven hours of interviews, he was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
"During the course of this investigation over 100 individual items were collected and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for forensic testing, seven search warrants were obtained and executed and over 50 people were interviewed," West added.
Thursday, Reed pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 52 years in prison.