They say no good deed goes unpunished…
AKRON, Ohio — A man charged with driving another man to a West Akron McDonald’s where he shot and killed a developmentally disabled employee pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Jeff Rucker, 23, of Akron, pleaded guilty Monday to obstructing justice and complicity to commit aggravated robbery with a sentencing enhancement for using a firearm during the crime. He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 25 before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty.
Rucker originally faced charges of complicity to commit murder and other charges dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Rucker’s trial was set to begin on Monday.
Rucker confessed to driving a then-21-year-old Johnnl Lewis to the McDonald’s in the 300 block of West Market Street.
Lewis got out of the car and fatally shot 28-year-old John Lehman, who had just started his shift at the McDonald’s he’d worked at for 10 years. Lehman was shot three times.
Some in the neighborhood said they believe Lehman prevented a robbery and saved co-workers that night.
Family members and police said there was no reason anyone would want to shoot Lehman and were shocked at the time of the incident.
They described Lehman as developmentally disabled with an IQ of about 70. They also described him as gentle, caring and generous.
Lewis previously pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility in 31 years.
Prosecutors said Rucker repeatedly lied to investigators about his and Lewis’ role in the shooting.