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Akron men indicted in federal court for shooting woman in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Two Akron men were charged in a federal indictment with attempted murder and related charges for shooting a woman in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

DeZay M. Ely, 27, and Raymond T. Moore III, 26, are both charged with attempted murder and using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Ely is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. 

Ely and Moore attempted to kill a woman on July 3 by shooting her in the head, according to court documents.

Attempted murder carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison.  The charge of using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum consecutive term of 10 years in prison. 

If convicted, a defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Filiatraut and Kelly L. Galvin following an investigation by the FBI and Cuyahoga Valley National Park Police. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated August 30, 2016

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