CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man was convicted of tying a dog to a tree in Forest Hill’s Park, shooting him multiple times and leaving him for dead.
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, WEWS reported.
Clements walked the Mastiff into the park in the early evening hours of Nov. 25, 2012, tied him to a tree and fired four shots at him, striking him at least two times.
A professional dog walker came to the park on Nov. 26 and found the dog, later named Forest. She called police who then began their investigation.
Forest has since recovered from his injuries and is living with a loving family.
Court records show Clements had ammo and a gun despite previous convictions for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991).
"This case demonstrates why rapists and other felons are forbidden from having firearms,” Steven Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 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."
Sentencing for Clements has been scheduled for June 13.