Cuyahoga County

Lash gets life sentence for Club Fly High murder


Cleveland – Daverrick Lash, who shot and killed a man at a bar on Cleveland’s East Side last year, could spend up to life in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

A jury last month convicted Lash for the Aggravated Murder of 30-year-old William Howard Burton at Club Fly High on January 30, 2015.

Today Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg sentenced Lash, 23, to life in prison with a first chance for parole after 31 years.

Eyewitnesses identified Lash as the man who shot Mr. Burton at least five times. During trial, the jury heard evidence that Lash had spit on the wall just before shooting the victim and that his DNA was found on the wall where a spit stain had been swabbed by police on the night of the murder. There was a long history of bad blood between the two men.

“Just walking up and shooting a man in a crowded bar is about as cold-blooded and premeditated as you can get,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Radigan who represented the State of Ohio along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Maxwell Martin and Shannon Musson.

Club Fly High was shuttered by court order as a nuisance less than a month after Mr. Burton’s murder, the second at the bar since 2013 and the latest in a long string violent incidents there. Earlier this week, city officials agreed to allow the bar to reopen with restricted hours and added security precautions.

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