Cuyahoga County

Quisi Bryan sentencing becomes public debate on sexual assault response -- decades ago and now


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A hearing Friday set for the purpose of sentencing death row inmate Quisi Bryan in a 1994 rape case turned into a forum of opinions on how the criminal justice system responded to rape reports in the past – and what needs to happen in the future.

Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge David Matia sentenced Bryan, convicted of killing Cleveland Patrolman Wayne Leon in 2000, to up to 50 years in prison for in the rape case. The case is one of thousands being reopened as rape kits that sat idle, sometimes for decades are tested as part of a statewide initiative.

Matia blasted Bryan, who emphasized his Muslim faith as he represented himself at trial, for not sparing the victim the trauma of testifying in front of a jury.

"Now the whole world knows what you did," Matia said. "You are a rapist and a hypocrite."

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty called the victim courageous and applauded her for confronting her attacker – an intimidating serial rapist and cop killer – in a courtroom.

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