Cuyahoga County

Cleveland man sentenced to 21 years in fatal West Side bar shooting


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An 18-year-old Cleveland man was sentenced to over 21 years in prison for his role in a fatal May 2015 shooting outside a bar on Cleveland's West Side.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Corrigan sentenced Anthony Grant Tuesday in connection with the death of Charles Knipp.

Grant was one of two men charged in the May 11, 2015 shooting outside Frenchie's Escape, a bar located in the 3800 block of Denison Avenue.

Robert Hicks pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Aug. 3. Grant pleaded guilty to two counts aggravated robbery and weapons charges. Both were originally charged with aggravated murder.

Both men will also serve five years of probation after they are released from state prison.

Investigators said that Hicks shot Knipp during an armed robbery attempt as Knipp sat on the hood of a car outside the bar. Police believe the two men planned to rob the bar when Knipp left.

Five members of Knipps' family gave statements to the judge and pleaded for a maximum prison sentence in the shooting.

"He was a downright good guy," Knipps' brother Ken Fitz the judge. "If you were hungry he would give you food. If you were cold he would go out and give you a jacket. He didn't deserve to die like a pool of blood in that driveway."

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