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Dunn's father: Outcome is best for family, community

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Matt Dunn would have liked nothing more than to see his son's killer handed the death penalty.

But after sitting through a day-long hearing in the case Thursday, he agreed with his other family members.

It was time to give prosecutors the go-ahead to cash in their greatest bargaining chip.

With Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter agreeing to dismiss the death penalty, Kevin Randleman on Friday agreed to plead guilty to aggravated murder in the death of Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn.

The arrangement effectively spared the Dunn family months of anguish, as they'd been awaiting the start of Randleman's trial in October.

Immediately after Randleman's guilty plea, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"It's a relief. It's good for us. It's good for the community," Matt told the Register after the hearing. "It's not the outcome I wanted personally, but it's what's best for the whole big picture. It took a lot of convincing from them."

Read more reaction from Randleman's plea, including from Andrew Dunn's mother, Roberta, pick up Sunday's Register.

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