Cuyahoga County

Repeat violent offender Antonio Houston Sentenced to 66 Years

6/24/2016

Cleveland – Antonio Houston, a repeat violent offender convicted of Felonious Assault and firearms violations, has been sentenced to 66 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Houston, 25, was charged in three separate shooting and gun-related incidents, as well as with Having Weapons Under Disability. At trial, prosecutors established his guilt through testimony from 17 witnesses, cell phone video, 911 calls, and forensics and ballistics evidence.

In July 2015, Houston shot at three different individuals – all brothers – and was arrested after a traffic stop where the gun involved was recovered. On May 23, a jury found Houston guilty on four counts related to these offenses.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan J. Sheehan sentenced Houston this week. At sentencing, the State played the tape of a jail call made by Houston on the day after his conviction in which he threatened witnesses, police and his own lawyer.

“Judge Sheehan’s strong sentence makes our community safer by interrupting a continuing cycle of violence,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Bokoch, who along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Fallon Radigan, represented the State of Ohio in this case.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: 216.443.7488 or Email: jfrolik@prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us