Cuyahoga County

Cleveland rapper Lil Cray accused of offering bribes

1/13/2017 12:01:00 AM

A 19-year-old hip hop artist free on bond on attempted murder and gang charges tried to bribe Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies not to take him to jail after a night of drinking and gambling, records say.

Crayshaun Bates offered the two deputies $35,000 he stashed in his bedroom if they did not arrest him Jan. 5, after the deputies found him and eight other people drinking and playing dice in Bates' basement, according to records filed this week in Cuyahoga County court.

Bates was booked into jail on a new $10,000 bond. A judge will decide whether to revoke his original bond at a Jan. 17 hearing.

The arrest is Bates' third since he was first released on bond with a GPS-equipped ankle bracelet in February on an attempted murder charge related to a Cleveland Heights shooting. Prosecutors have since accused him and 10 other men of being in the criminal gang Loyal to Brothers, which authorities say is affiliated with the Heartless Felons.

Bates, who did not immediately respond to a Twitter message requesting comment, has denied all of the charges against him and said he is not in a gang in a previous interview with His lawyer, Nate Malek, declined to comment on his client's case Friday morning.

His trial is slated to begin next month.

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