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Accused Cleveland dog shooter gets 23 years for gun violations
Raymone Clements sentenced today in federal court

Kevin Niedermier
Raymone Clements
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A Cleveland man accused of shooting a chained dog was sentenced today to more than 20 years in prison for illegally possessing the gun and bullets he alleged used.

Raymone Clements was convicted last spring of having the gun though he was a convicted felon. During his sentencing hearing, Clements denied he owned the weapon, and he denied witness accounts that he shot the dog.

Jeff Kocian is director of the Northeast Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He says he’s happy with the sentence even though Clements was not charged with animal cruelty.

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“If he’d been convicted of animal cruelty for killing the dog, the most he could have gotten under Ohio law 6 months in prison. So the 23 year sentence is certainly much greater than he would have gotten otherwise.”

Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing for tougher sentences for animal cruelty convictions. The dog Clements is accused of shooting has recovered and was adopted.

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