Cuyahoga County

Two sentenced to prison for stalking 14-year-old boy, shooting him in the eye


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two men convicted of stalking a 14-year-old boy and shooting him in the face, will spend a combined 28 years in prison.

Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Sutula Thursday sentenced Quentin Elder, 22, to 11 years in prison, and Christian Potts, 25, to 17 years in prison after a jury found the half-brothers guilty of attempted murder in the Nov. 20 shooting. Both received the maximum possible sentence.

The two men stalked a 14-year-old boy who they thought killed a friend of theirs and shot him in the face and eye. The boy lost sight in one eye and still wears a brace to protect him from a bullet that is still lodged next to his spinal cord, prosecutors said.

The boy's mother told that judge that her son was a young athlete who had everything he needed in life to be successful.

"You should see the contraption they had him in," she said. "When I spoke to my son he said when I close my eyes I'm worried I won't see you anymore." 

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