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Man Accused Of Shooting Forrest The Dog Will Stand Trial On Weapons Charges

Raymone “Ramone” Clements pleaded not guilty Monday in Federal Court; his trial is slated to begin April 1

The trial of Raymone “Ramone” Clements -- the man accused of shooting Forrest the dog and leaving him for dead in Clevelad Heights -- is slated to begin April 1 in U.S. District Court.

Clements appeared in federal court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, according to The Plain Dealer.

Clements, 42, of Cleveland, is not allowed to own guns or ammunitions because he has previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape in 2006, drug trafficking in 2003 and aggravated robbery in 1991, according to his indictment.

He faces between 19 and 24 years in prison if he is convicted.

Though Clements was originally charged in local courts for animal cruelty and weapons charges, those charges were dropped earlier this month in lieu of his federal prosecution.

Clements is accused of chaining Forrest, a bull mastiff, to a tree on Nov. 25 in Forest Hill Park, firing at him four times and hitting him twice.

Forrest was later found by a professional dog walker and rescued by PAWS. Then he was adopted into a Solon home.

See all stories on the Forest Hill dog shooting. 

Now Forrest has become a mascot for efforts in Ohio by PAWS and other animal rights activists to make animal cruelty a felony in Ohio.

His new owner, Robin Stone, posted on Forrest's Facebook page that there will be a rally the morning of Clements' trial.

Nathaniel Brooks February 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM
This guy was previously incarcerated for rape, that is a heinous crime. I understand the lure of the dog story, but give it a rest, nobody cares. And as far as the gun charge is concerned, also, nobody cares. I love my dog and would probably defend his life with my own, but don't expect everybody else to do the same. It's called personal responsibility. Whose bright ideas was it to let this guy out after he raped someone? That should be the question everyone is asking. Most likely the person to blame is an incompetent judge, or the incompetent district attorney. Violent criminals are extremely hard to rehabilitate, most are lost causes. I understand Forest is a dog, and has a right to be loved, but don't we all. Sometimes in life you get the shaft. I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. I work downtown and see pedestrians walk over homeless people daily lol, without a care in the world. I think people these days have their priorities mixed up, but it's cool, it'll all work itself out.
Megan Rozsa February 26, 2013 at 01:02 PM
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