Officer sentenced in death of shoplifting suspect

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge sentenced an off-duty Maple Heights police officer to three years in prison Monday in the death of a suspected shoplifter at a suburban mall.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McGinty sentenced Jameel Talley, 35, on his May 13 involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of Guy Wills III, 41, last year.
Three Randall Park Mall employees who saw the two men scuffle said the muscular Talley picked up Wills and threw him head-first to a concrete floor.
Wills' skull was fractured, his collarbone was broken, and his brain was bruised. He died two days later.
Talley (pictured, above), moonlighting as a security guard, said he slipped while trying to handcuff Wills and they fell. Wills was high on heroin and cocaine, and had stuffed a $159 leather coat under his jacket, according to testimony.
Defense lawyer Patrick D'Angelo said after the sentencing that the conviction would be appealed.
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