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17-year-old is jailed for 45 years for strangling his mother with his bare hands, burying her behind a church and staging a robbery at their home after they argued about his bad school grades

 A Florida teen who admitted to strangling his mother and disposing of her body after an argument about school grades has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.  

Gregory Ramos, now 17, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence following the horrific killing in November 2018. 


Ramos' sentence was handed down in court on Friday. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years' time, but will be on probation for the rest of his life.

Ramos was just 15 years old when he strangled his mom, Gail Cleavenger, 46, at their home in DeBary. He buried her body behind a nearby church.

The teen then solicited two of his friends to help stage a burglary at the house before he dialed 911 to report his mother missing.   

Ramos was charged as an adult and could have faced a life sentence if he did not plead guilty, went to trial and was convicted.  

Gregory Ramos has been sentenced to 45 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to strangling his mom, Gail Cleavenger, following an argument over a bad grade he received at school. Ramos, 17, is pictured
Gail Cleavanger, 46, is pictured with her son Gregory prior to her murder

Gregory Ramos has been sentenced to 45 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to strangling his mom,  Gail Cleavenger, following an argument over a bad grade he received at school 

Ramos was just 15 years old when he strangling his mom Gail Cleavenger, 46, at their home in DeBary. He buried her body behind a nearby church. The pair are pictured together prior to the murder

Ramos was just 15 years old when he strangling his mom Gail Cleavenger, 46, at their home in DeBary. He buried her body behind a nearby church. The pair are pictured together prior to the murder  

Ramos is pictured in court on Friday.  He will be eligible for parole in 25 years' time

On November 2, 2018, Ramos and mom Cleavanger got into a fight after the teen receive a 'D' grade on his classwork. 

Investigators say later in the evening,  Ramos strangled his mother with his bare hands in her own bed. Police believe the ordeal took about 30 minutes as Cleavanger attempted to fight back. 

After she died, Ramos placed his mother's body in a wheelbarrow, pushed it outside and loaded it in the family van, prosecutors claimed. 

Ramos asked his two friends, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, to help stage a burglary at  his home by taking a computer, rifle and Playstation. 


Ramos then buried his mother's body in a nearby church yard before calling police. 

He allegedly confessed to the crime just hours later, following a police interrogation. 

However, at the time, he did not appear remorseful. 

During his admission of guilt, Ramos boasted about placing a 'Grammy-winning' 911 call to report the burglary and his mother's disappearance.  

At the time, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described Ramos as 'soulless', 'cold, 'callous', and 'among the top three sociopaths I have ever encountered'.  

The killing took place inside the family's home in DeBary, Florida (pictured) on November 2, 2018

The killing took place inside the family's home in DeBary, Florida (pictured) on November 2, 2018 

Dylan Ceglarek
Brian Porras

Ramos' friends Dylan Ceglarek (left) and Brian Porras (right) each face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of accessory after the fact to premeditated first-degree murder

 However, Ramos was much more remorseful when he spoke to the court on Friday, prior to the handing down of his sentence. 

'Because of my actions, I will never get to truly know my mom,' Ramos stated, according to The Daytona Beach News Journal.

'Not only have I stolen my mother from myself, but I have stolen her from everybody else as well. From my stepfather, I took his other half, from my aunts and uncles, I took a sister and lifelong friend, from my grandmother, a daughter.”

“I have done an irreversible harm to the world and them. Why did this happen, why would I have done this, I refuse to make excuses for myself, I can only plead for forgiveness.'

Meanwhile, Ramos' friends, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, have been charged as adults with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

They each face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. 

However, Ramos urged the court to be lenient on his friends, saying: 'I am guilty of the crimes I am charged with. I ask that you extend mercy to my co-defendants. They do not deserve to be incarcerated for my actions. 

'They never realized the full extent of the crime nor took the situation seriously until law enforcement was involved. When they were arrested they cooperated with police fully.”

 Ceglarek and Porras will be sentenced at an upcoming date. 

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