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Man Admits to Killing Kennesaw State Student

Matthew Cherry was a store clerk at the Marietta GameStop in 2007 when Patrick Graham pulled a gun on him.

The man who beat and wrapped duct tape around the head of a Kennesaw State University student during a 2007 video game store robbery pleaded guilty to murder. 

Tuesday's guilty plea in a Cobb County courtroom will keep Patrick Graham off of death row, but send him to prison for the rest of his life, according to WSB-TV.

Matthew Cherry was a store clerk at the Marietta GameStop when Graham walked in with a gun and ordered Cherry, a co-worker and the co-worker's father forced into a back room, according to WSB-TV.

Though Cherry cooperated with Graham during the robbery, “the medical examiner's conclusion was the victim was beaten and bound and was suffocated, and this was a slow and tortuous death, lasting at a minimum a minute and a half, but potentially minutes before he passed from the duct tape being placed around his head and neck,” Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans told WSB-TV.

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