Cuyahoga County

Cleveland man sentenced to eight years in prison for the shooting of his half-brother

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man, who police describe as one of the most violent in the city, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for his role in the shooting of his half-brother.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Donnelly ordered the prison term after hearing police officers described Raydon Howard, 25, and the way Deontae Tarver was gunned down Aug. 27 in the 3000 block of West 38th Street. A jury convicted Howard in January of felonious assault.

The shooting left Tarver paralyzed from the waist down. He lost a kidney and has a bullet in his spine. Diane Russell, an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor, said Tarver has suffered “one medical problem after another.’’ She said he did not show up for Friday’s hearing because he was too ill.

Police told Donnelly that Howard has terrorized Denison Avenue and West 38th Street for years, doling out violence and fear. Patrolman Robert Beveridge said he has worked as an officer for 20 years; more than half that time was spent chasing Howard and his street gang.

He said Howard has been involved in shootings where the victims have refused to come forward, fearing what could happen next.

“They told me to my face, ‘I’m not going to court,’’’ Beveridge told Donnelly.

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