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Feds: Clements found guilty of having firearm, ammunition

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CLEVELAND -- 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 U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach

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

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.

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).

Clements is a convicted felon and is not permitted to have a weapon. Court records show Clements has five aliases and began his criminal career at the age of 18, being convicted of receiving stolen property. He failed to show for his first court appearance back in 1988 and was arrested on a warrant.

Clements has 17 cases that he has been involved in. His last prison term, after he pleaded guilty in 2006 to rape against victims who were under 13, was five years. He left prison in 2011.

In this case, Clements was found to have one round of .357-caliber ammunition and two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition on Dec. 20, 2012, despite previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991), according to the indictment.

But the story began back in November when Clements was accused of tying a bull mastiff -- now named "Forrest" -- to a tree in Cleveland Heights Nov. 25, then shooting the dog, leaving him for dead.

Dog walker Dee Shedlow found the mastiff dog early Nov. 26 and the PAWS Ohio rescue group took care of him. Forest was emaciated, weighing only 70 pounds.

Forest, now recovered, is now living in a loving home with Robin Stone in Solon. In that incident, Clements has been charged with animal cruelty, discharging a weapon in city limits and having weapons under disability.

Clements faces 5 years and 7 and a half months in prison.

"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.

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