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Dog shooter sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison

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Raymone "Ramone" Clements was sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison for federal firearms crimes Monday.

Clements, 42, of Cleveland, was found guilty in April of one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition following a jury trial.

U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent sentenced Clements to 275 months in prison.

Clements had 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), aggravated robbery (1991) and 12 other felonies.

"This case demonstrates why rapists and other felons are forbidden from having firearms," Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said. "Whether it 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."

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.

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