Dog shooting in park leads to Cleveland felon Ramone Clements guilty conviction of having gun, ammo

CLEVELAND - A dog shot in a Cleveland Heights park led federal authorities to investigate the home of Raymone Clements. Now a jury has convicted him of being a felon in possession of a gun and ammo.

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.

Federal investigators said they were led to Clements after witnesses reported a dog shot in a Cleveland Heights park. Clements reportedly walked the Mastiff into Forest Hill's Park in the early evening hours of Nov. 25, 2012, bound him to a tree and fired four shots at him, striking him at least two times.

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.

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