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Teen Accused Of Strangling His Mom To Death Over A Bad Grade Described By Cops As A 'Soulless' Sociopath

"To watch how cold and callous and calculating he was, I think was probably the most shocking thing for all of us," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said of 15-year-old Gregory Ramos.

The Florida teen accused of strangling his mother to death after the two got into an argument about a bad grade has been described by a top police official as one of the "top three sociopaths" he's ever come across.

"To watch how cold and callous and calculating he was, I think was probably the most shocking thing for all of us. No sign of remorse whatsoever," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said of 15-year-old Gregory Ramos, according to WKMG in Orlando.

Chitwood has previously described Ramos, who had one day wanted to become a homicide detective, as "soulless."

According to Chitwood, Ramos confessed to killing his 46-year-old mother Gail Cleavenger after the two had argued Thursday night about a D he had received in school. Ramos allegedly strangled his mother with his bare hands, an act that the teen said took 30 minutes to complete.

He's accused of then using a wheelbarrow to load her body into a vehicle, enlisting the help of two friends, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, both 17, to dispose of the body by burying it in a firepit and then staging a burglary at the house.

Ceglarek and Porras have been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and were ordered by a judge Sunday morning to supervised home detention, WKMG reports.

Ramos faces a first-degree murder charge, although it's not clear yet whether he'll be charged as an adult. He's currently being held in juvenile custody.

Law enforcement sources said Ceglarek and Porras were the first to confess to their involvement in the crime after being confronted with evidence by investigators. After the killing, Porras said he initially hung up on his friend, while Ceglarek didn't answer his phone. Chitwood said both teens would later agree to help bury the body, according to the news station.

Ramos was initially unfazed when he found out about his friends' admissions, but later confessed himself.

"Wasn't very emotional about it at all," Sgt. A.J. Pagliari told WKMG. "He used some expletives and said, 'I'll tell you what happened.' Very cold, calculated and very proud of what he did."

Ramos had been a police explorer with the Orange City Police Department and had been at a police explorers event the same night the fight broke out with his mom. He reportedly wanted to become a homicide detective and was also taking criminal justice and crime scene investigation classes at his high school.

He allegedly tried to use the knowledge he gained to conceal his mother's body and stage an fake robbery at his home. He'd later tell investigators he thought he should have earned an award for his 911 call to police Friday afternoon to report that his home had been robbed and his mother was missing, police said.

Investigators were suspicious, however, when they noticed scratch wounds on his face and were able to piece together the crime.

Ramos allegedly told investigators he killed his mom as a pre-emptive attack as he believed she might kill him, but there is no evidence the two had an abusive relationship, WKMG reports.

Those who knew Cleavenger described her as a devoted and caring mother and wife.

"I just started crying you know, I can't imagine getting that call, her husband," friend Lynn Hackett told WESH. "I'm gonna miss her, and I think it's a terrible tragedy."

Hackett was described by WKMG as a long-time neighbor of Cleavenger's who is shocked by the alleged crime.

"I just can't comprehend your own son taking your life. It's just beyond belief for me to understand that," she said.

Another neighbor, Larry Turner, who lived just two doors down from the family, said he was also surprised by the allegations.

"For the son, it's just hard to comprehend. I mean, he was a big kid. She was such a small lady," he told WKMG.

[Photos:Volusia County Sheriff's Office]

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