Cleveland man will serve 23 years in prison for carjackings in Tremont neighborhood
A Cleveland man will serve more than 23 years in prison for his role in two carjackings, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.
D’wan Dillard, Jr., 21, was sentenced to 194 months in federal prison. That sentence will be served after he serves seven years in state prison for a different crime. He was previously found guilty of two counts of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Dillard participated in carjackings in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood on Aug. 14 and 19, 2015. Dillard and Tervon’tae Taylor robbed a man leaving restaurant after visiting a friend. Dillard and Taylor pistol whipped him and stole his wallet and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the second robbery, they stole a Porsche, according to court documents.
Dillard, Taylor, Kenneth Jackson, Antowine Palmer and Calvin Rembert were all convicted of crimes related to a series of carjackings in Cleveland. Taylor, Jackson, Palmer, Rembert all await sentencing.
“This defendant used a firearm to rob people who were working or visiting friends,” Sierleja said. “This sentence demonstrates our commitment to using every statute available to lock up violent predators.”
“These defendants terrorized victims and the city with their dangerous, gun-wielding car thefts,” Anthony said. “The Violent Crime Task Force and our local partners are committed to aggressively investigate predators who choose to engage in heinous acts of violence against our citizens.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly Galvin and Robert Patton following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cleveland Division of Police.