Painesville - A man accused of fatally shooting a woman during a crime spree in Lake County last year has agreed to a plea deal to avoid a possible death penalty.

Thirty-six-year-old Juan Razo, Monday, pleaded guilty to 16 counts including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping. his sentencing is april 27th.

Investigators say Razo is a Mexican citizen in the U.S. illegally. They say he broke into Margaret Kostelnik's Concord Township home last July and sexually assaulted and killed the 60-year-old woman.

Investigators say Razo tried to rape a 14-year-old girl at a park and shot a 40-year-old woman walking along a bike path before the murder. He was arrested after a shootout with law enforcement officers.

Razo's attorney says the plea deal is considered a fair resolution given his client's mental health problems.

(Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Department) 

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