• Gregory Ramos was charged on first-degree murder
  • His plea deal agrees to 45 years in prison
  • The two friends who helped him in the crime were also charged as adults

A central Florida teen has pleaded guilty to killing his own mother after an argument over a bad grade.

Gregory Ramos was accused of murdering his mother, Gail Cleavenger, in DeBary in 2018. Ramos, now a 17-year-old boy, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence in Volusia County Court on Wednesday.

Ramos was charged as an adult with first-degree murder for strangling his mother. His plea deal agrees to 45 years of sentencing with probation for the rest of his life after prison.

The incident was first reported on Nov. 2, 2018, when Ramos called 911 and said that his mother was missing. He told the officials that when he came home from school, he discovered that their house had been robbed.

The emergency officials arrived at the house and soon started doubting his story. On further questioning, Ramos admitted that on Nov. 1, he strangled his mother following an argument over a "D" he had received at school. He said it took him 30 minutes to murder his mother, reported Orlando Sentinel.

After committing the murder, he called two of his teen friends Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras to help him bury the body. Ramos put the body in a wheelbarrow and buried her under a fire pit close to a church. They also staged a burglary by removing some electronics from the house.

Ramos admitted to the police that he had an argument with his mother over a bad grade he received in school. pixabay

"He's extremely remorseful and he regrets his actions every day," public defender Matthew Phillips told the court. "He's trying to be productive while in custody here and did option a high school diploma through the Volusia County School Board through University High," he added as per WFTV.

"This was a tragedy beyond understanding. May Gail Cleavenger rest in peace. Thanks to the deputies, detectives and prosecutors who worked so hard on this difficult case," Mike Chitwood, Volusia County Sheriff, tweeted Wednesday

Ramos is scheduled for sentencing in January 2021.

The two friends who helped Ramos with the crime were also charged as adults being accessory to a capital felony. They already confessed the crime to the police but have not yet pleaded guilty in court. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.