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News Minute: Duluth man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend in Marietta restaurant

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A Duluth man was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his girlfriend in Marietta, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

On December 6, 2020, Jose Ramon Lemus, 53, and his long-term girlfriend Janice Ross, 43, went to lunch at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. After becoming angry at Ross for asking about another woman he had been communicating with, Lemus pulled out a gun and shot her in the neck, fleeing into the woods toward the Marietta campuses of Kennesaw State University and Life University, according to the DA’s office.

Lemus was apprehended by Marietta police officers within an hour of the incident with the assistance of a police K-9, prosecutors said. Lemus was identified by restaurant patrons and his Honduran passport, which he left in a backpack as he fled the restaurant. Ross died at the scene of the shooting.

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