Future unclear for Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue house

CLEVELAND - The fate of Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue home is still unknown as court proceedings wrapped-up Friday morning.

Sowell, 51, was convicted on multiple counts of aggravated murder for the deaths of 11 women. Their remains were found in and around his house at 12205 Imperial Ave. in the fall of 2009 while police were serving a warrant for rape. On Friday, following a recommendation by a Cuyahoga County jury, Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose sentenced the convicted killer to death. He was also sentenced to 264 years in prison.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said the house is no longer needed for court proceedings. While the house itself was not considered evidence, the jury toured the house on June 27 to gain a better understanding of the case.

In a news release from the Cleveland mayor's office, there are currently proceedings in the probate court about the residence and the property could go into foreclosure.

"We are aware that this house is a source of pain for the community and are proceeding in accordance with the law," the news release said. The city said it would like to handle "any building, housing, or health issues that the property may present."

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