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Man who shot dog convicted of gun charges

Man who shot dog convicted of gun charges

(Cleveland) - Remember the dog found shot and chained to a tree in Cleveland Heights? The man who pulled the trigger has been found guilty.

A federal jury has convicted Raymone Clements of being in possession of ammunition and a firearm because he is a felon. 

According to prosecutors, Clements shot the bull mastiff named Forrest as the dog was chained to a tree in Forest Hill Park. Forrest has since recovered and has been adopted.

Witnesses led police to Clements. The incident led investigators to search his residences, where they found the ammunition and firearm, according to court testimony.

Court records show Clements had ammo and a gun despite previous convictions for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991).

"This case demonstrates why rapists and other felons are forbidden from having firearms,” Steven Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said. “Whether is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining ammunition or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation’s firearms laws."

Sentencing for Clements has been scheduled for June 13.


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