Cuyahoga County

Jury Convicts in Drive-by Shooting Case



November 27, 2013

Cleveland – A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Jury has convicted Sheldon Seals on 13 criminal counts for his role in a predawn attack on a West Side Cleveland residence, Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

Jurors Tuesday afternoon found Sheldon Seals, 26, of Cleveland, guilty on four counts of Improperly Discharging into Habitation – a second-degree felony; four counts of Felonious Assault – a second-degree felony; one count of Having Weapons Under Disability – a third-degree felony; one count of Failure to Comply – a third-degree felony; one count of Failure to Comply, a fourth-degree felony; one count of Improperly Handling a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle – a fourth-degree felony; and one count of Resisting Arrest – a second-degree misdemeanor.

Common Pleas Court Judge Jose A. Villanueva will sentence Seals on January 15, 2014.

Evidence at trial showed that on September 29, 2012, a car pulled up in front of a house in the 3300 block of West 59th Place at approximately 4 a.m. Shots were fired into the house where four people were sleeping.

Cleveland Police officers on patrol in the neighborhood hurried to the sound of the gunfire and gave chase to the car driven by Seals. During the roughly five-minute pursuit, a passenger jumped out of the car with an object that officers later found and identified as an AK-47 rifle. A magazine and ammunition matching that weapon were found inside the car. Seals eventually abandoned the car and was captured after a brief chase by police.

His passenger, identified as Cory Middleton, 26, of Cleveland, also was indicted in the case but remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Middleton should contact Second District detectives at 216.623.2719. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers at 216.252.7463.

Assistant County Prosecutor Fallon Radigan prosecuted the case for the State of Ohio.

“Sheldon Seals and his accomplice put a houseful of people and a whole neighborhood in danger,’’ Radigan said. “The jury realized that, and now Seals is going to pay is going to pay the price and the whole community will be safer for it.”

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488 or Cell: (216) 640-6186

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