E. Cleveland man convicted in Warrensville Hts. carjacking

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A federal jury today convicted an East Cleveland man on all counts related to an armed carjacking last year in Warrensville Heights.

Shaundelle Dial, 20, was convicted of using a firearm during and in relation to a carjacking.  He previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition related to this case.

Authorities say Dial knowingly carried a firearm with the intent to cause death and serious bodily injury while taking a 2006 Mazda 6 by force on June 23, 2011.  He used a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol during the crime of violence and carried ammunition despite a previous conviction for drug trafficking, according to court documents.

During the three-day trial, the victim testified he was eating his lunch in his car at the Green Road Park in Warrensville Heights when Dial pointed a gun at him and demanded all his money. The victim, who testified he "didn't want to die in his car," got out of the car and tried to grab the gun. When he failed, he backed away, and Dial took off in the car, according to testimony.

Dial is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15, 2013.

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