Ohio man in dog shooting probe sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Ohio has handed down a nearly 23-year prison term to a career criminal convicted of weapons charges after he allegedly shot a dog tied to a tree.

Cleveland federal Judge Donald Nugent sentenced 42-year-old Raymone Clements on Monday on his conviction for illegal possession of a weapon and ammunition by an ex-convict.

The charges stem from accusations that Clements tied a bullmastiff to a tree in Cleveland Heights last November and fired four shots at the dog.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/157gze4) says the dog, which was wounded twice, has been adopted and nursed back to health.

Clements denied in court that the gun and ammunition belonged to him and blamed a friend for shooting the dog. Clements has convictions for rape, robbery and drug trafficking.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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