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