Man pleads guilty to beating death of Dayton teen

Michael Geldrich pleads guilty to murder in Warren County
Michael Geldrich pleads guilty to murder in Warren County. (Photo/WLWT-TV)

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – One of three men accused of beating a Dayton man to death admitted his guilt Thursday.

Michael Geldrich, 36, of Franklin, pleaded guilty in Warren County Court to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and tampering.

He admitted to fatally beating Dione Payne, 16 in an attempt to steal drugs and money from him. Payne was dumped outside the Middletown Regional Hospital December 1, 2013. He died at the hospital.

Geldrich was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison. He will testify against two other defendants in the case.

He will be sentenced after the other two trials are complete. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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