Cuyahoga County

Euclid man gets life plus 33 years for retaliation murder


Eddie Brownlee
Ryan Motley
Raymond Motley
Rahkee Young
Eddie D. Brownlee was in Cuyahoga County Jail last fall facing drug charges when he directed four people to put a police informant “in his grave.”

Those orders were carried out. On November 15, 2015, Robert Williams, 63, was fatally shot outside his apartment at the Indian Hills Senior Community in Euclid during the altercation with Ryan Motley, his brother Raymond, and Rahkee Young.

Taped phone calls made from the county jail by Brownlee, 48, to Ryan Motley, 21, were key pieces of evidence presented during Brownlee’s eight-day trial earlier this month.

On October 19, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Gaul sentenced Brownlee to life without parole plus 33 years after a jury found him guilty of Murder, Aggravated Murder, Conspiracy, Felonious Assault, Aggravated Burglary and Kidnapping.

“Mr. Brownlee’s actions are an affront to the criminal justice system,” said Judge Gaul. “It is incumbent of trial judges to set the harshest possible sentences when witnesses are being killed.”

Williams was an informant who bought cocaine from Brownlee during a police investigation.

Today, triggerman Ryan Motley, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to Murder and Conspiracy. Accomplices Raymond Motley, 24, pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Conspiracy, and Aggravated Burglary and received 18 years in prison, and Rahkee Young, 35, pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Conspiracy and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

A fifth defendant, Sheila McFarland is in county jail awaiting trial for her role in the murder plot.

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