Cuyahoga County

Cleveland rapper and former basketball standout sentenced


A Cleveland-based hip hop artist and a former high school basketball standout were among three members of a street gang sentenced Monday for a gang-related gunfight last year in Cleveland Heights.

Common Pleas Judge Robert McClelland sentenced Crayshaun "Lil Cray" Bates (top right) and Xavier Eberhardt (bottom right) to the minimum of four years in prison, and Keith Griffin to two years of probation on attempted murder and participating in a criminal gang charges.

McClelland said he was saddened by the case, which he said represented a waste of lives and talent.

"Your lives matter, but you're treating each other like they don't," he said in handing down the sentences.

The trio pleaded guilty to the charges last month. Griffin's charges did not include gun specifications, so there was no mandatory prison time.

McClelland ordered Griffin to speak eight times each year of his probation at local high schools about the dangers of gang life.

Four other men who are also accused of belonging to the gang are being tried separately.

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