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Friday, July 20, 2018

Jury convicts Cleveland man of illegally having ammunition during shootout in which two people were killed

A Cleveland man was convicted of illegally having ammunition stemming from a shootout last year in which two people were killed.

Jesus Bey, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1. A jury convicted Bey this week of being a felon in possession of ammunition following a weeklong trial.

Bey possessed 12 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition on Jan. 25, 2017, despite prior convictions that made it illegal for him to have ammunition, including felonious assault with a firearm specification, having weapon under disability and attempted felonious assault, according to court documents.

“This defendant is a walking crime wave and our community is safer with him behind bars,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “This case demonstrates that law enforcement will work together to sort through the facts and pursue cases against those who illegally use firearms to prey on our neighbors.”

According to trial exhibits and testimony:

Bey was outside Harvard Wine and Grill on Jan. 25, 2017, when a shootout began at the intersection of East 142nd Street and Harvard Avenue. When the shootout was over, two men (one wearing a ski mask) were dead and at least 60 shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Bey was previously sentenced to prison for a 2013 shooting in a bar in Cleveland Heights, according to court documents.

Da’Montais Banks was recently convicted in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas of tampering with witnesses, possessing weapons despite having a felony record and being a member of the Heartless Felons. The jury did not reach a verdict on the two deaths that resulted from the shootout and charges remain pending, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly L. Galvin and Scott Zarzycki following an investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police’s Gang Impact Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.701.0871 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated July 20, 2018