Cuyahoga County

Anthony Conner Found Guilty for the Death of 21-Year-Old Damon Woodard

January 24, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that Anthony T. Conner was found guilty by a jury after an eight day trial. Conner, 28, of Cleveland, was found guilty of one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Murder, two counts of Felonious Assault, one count of Discharging a Firearm on or near a Prohibited Premises, and one count of Having Weapons While Under Disability with all counts carrying a one and three year firearm specification. Judge Nancy McDonnell has scheduled sentencing for tomorrow, Friday, January 25, 2013, at 8:30 am. Conner faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On August 20, 2012, Cleveland Police officers were already on scene in the area of Lee Road and Judson Road in Cleveland, for crowd control when they observed Conner with a handgun. Conner fired shots towards police, then shot the 21-year-old male victim, Damon Woodard, of Cleveland, three times including once in the chest. Woodard was transported by EMS to Metro Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Conner fled from police on foot after killing Woodard, but was arrested behind a garage in a nearby backyard after a brief chase.

Assistant County Prosecutor’s Jesse Canonico, Brad Meyer and William Leland prosecuted this case.

Contact: Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, (216) 698-2819, cell (216) 299-9326 or    

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