Man convicted of 4 murders sentenced to life in prison for Butler Twp. shooting

A South African man convicted of killing four people in Ohio and New Mexico was sentenced Friday to life in prison in a deadly 2011 Butler Twp. shooting.

Muziwokuthula S. Madonda, 45, will not be eligible for parole, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Dec. 21, Madonda pleaded guilty one count each of aggravated murder and felonious assault in the death of 25-year-old Zenzele Davis Mdadane. He was previously was convicted of shooting and killing two men in a a Tucumcari, N.M., hotel room and in the death of a bank vice president in Akron, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The prosecution sought the maximum sentence — life in prison without parole — and claimed Madonda would kill again if given the chance.

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Credit: Summit County Jail

Credit: Summit County Jail

The prosecution said in a sentencing memo the defendant, on Oct. 27, 2022, “told this court he wanted the death penalty.”

“He further stated that ‘everywhere he goes he kills people.’ Defendant then asked this court and the state to guarantee isolation because he voiced feeling homicidal towards other inmates and indicated he would kill again if given the opportunity.”

Madonda’s defense wrote he was remorseful for his actions and sought a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, which would be served at the same time as his sentences in the Akron and New Mexico homicides.

Madonda and Mdadane were both from South Africa and in the U.S. with work visas. On Feb. 19, 2011, Madonda drove Mdadane to the 10100 block of Frederick Pike in Butler Twp. and shot and killed him, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Days before, Madonda reportedly shot and killed a bank vice president in Akron. He then lured Mdadane to the Dayton area as part of a plan to take Mdadane’s identity.

Madonda reportedly fled Ohio with Mdadane’s belongings and went to New Mexico.

Approximately a month later, Madonda shot and killed two men in a hotel room and then fled to Texas, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Texas Rangers found Madonda in a hotel room with the revolver used in all four homicides.

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