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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Raymone Clements Sentenced To Nearly 23 Years In Prison For Firearms Offenses

Raymone “Ramone” Clements was sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison for federal firearms crimes, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and ATF Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker, Columbus Field Division.

Clements, 42, of Cleveland, was found guilty in April of one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition following a jury trial.

U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent sentenced Clements to 275 months in prison.

Clements had one round of .357-caliber ammunition and two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition on Dec. 20, 2012 and a Rossi, Model Garrucha, .22-caliber Derringer, serial number 307228, on Jan. 17, 2013. Clements had this ammunition and firearm despite previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003), aggravated robbery (1991) and 12 other felonies.

“This case demonstrates why rapists and other felons are forbidden from having firearms,” Dettelbach said. “The testimony in this case demonstrated that this defendant who bounced in and out of prison and still fired a gun in a public park."

“We will continue to work side by side with our federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners to make sure those individuals who illegally possess firearms and/or ammunition are held accountable for their actions,” Shoemaker said. 

Witnesses testified during the trial that Clements shot a dog in a public park in Cleveland Heights. That incident led investigators to search his residences, where they found the ammunition and firearm, according to court testimony.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly L. Galvin and Margaret Sweeney following an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Cleveland Heights Police Department.

Updated March 12, 2015