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Cleveland Man Found Guilty Of Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

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

Raymone “Ramone” Clements was found guilty following a jury trial of one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent scheduled sentencing for June 13.

Clements, 42, of Cleveland, was found to have 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) and aggravated robbery (1991).

“This case demonstrates why rapists and other felons are forbidden from having firearms,” Dettelbach said. “Whether is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining ammunition or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation’s firearms laws.

“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,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker, Columbus Field Division. 

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