Daily Court Reporter - News Man sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegally having ammunition stemming from shootout that left two people dead
Man sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegally having ammunition stemming from shootout that left two people dead
A Cleveland man was sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegally having ammunition stemming from a shootout last year in which two people were killed.
Jesus Bey, 25, was sentenced to 78 months in prison. A jury convicted Bey earlier this year of being a felon in possession of ammunition following a weeklong trial.
Bey possessed 12 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition on Jan. 25, 2017, despite prior convictions that made it illegal for him to have ammunition, including felonious assault with a firearm specification, having weapon under disability and attempted felonious assault, according to court documents.
“This defendant has demonstrated that he walks around our streets carrying guns and ammunition the way a painter carries a ladder or a doctor carries a stethoscope. They are the tools of his trade,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “People who prey on others will be sent to prison and this case is an example of that.”
According to trial exhibits and testimony:
Bey was outside Harvard Wine and Grill on Jan. 25, 2017, when a shootout began at the intersection of East 142nd Street and Harvard Avenue. When the shootout was over, two men (one wearing a ski mask) were dead and at least 60 shell casings were recovered at the scene.
Bey was previously sentenced to prison for a 2013 shooting in a bar in Cleveland Heights, according to court documents.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly L. Galvin and Scott Zarzycki following an investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police’s Gang Impact Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
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Date Published: November 26, 2018