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Davis gets life in prison for killing pizza delivery driver

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ELYRIA — Benjamin Davis was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to the murder of a pizza delivery driver.

Davis, 32, of Lorain, could have faced the death penalty for the shooting death of Robert Caudill, 26, at the Lake Motel in Lorain in December 2014. Instead, Davis faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for 40 years after he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder with a firearm and other charges stemming from the shooting.

He was sentenced by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski.

According to Lorain police, after killing Caudill, Davis took off in Caudill’s car and traveled to Amherst, where he called police to report the killing. Although he initially tried to blame a friend for the shooting, police said Davis later confessed and they believed he acted alone.

Caudill had been delivering food for Happy’s Pizza, a Lorain restaurant where he’d worked for four months. A

co-worker said Caudill had been working two jobs to support his two sons.

While being held in Lorain County Jail after the shooting, Davis attacked his cellmate with a plastic spoon he had fashioned into a shank in March 2015.

Davis was sentenced to four years in prison for the felonious assault charge in that case.

The family of Caudill asks that those who want to help donate to Toys for Tots in remembrance of Caudill.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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