Three of the men who planned and executed the robbery during which Cleveland Heights pub owner James Brennan was murdered last summer could spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Clancy Friday handed down life sentences to Brandon Jones, Darien Jones and Devonne Turner. Judge Clancy ruled that Brandon Jones, 24, will be eligible for parole after 40 years; Darien Jones, 21, will be eligible for parole after 37 years; and Turner, 27, will be eligible for parole after 37 years.
All three entered guilty pleas to charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping.
Judge Clancy told Brandon Jones he deserved a longer sentence because he worked for Brennan and helped mastermind the crime that ended in murder.
"He trusted you and for that he lost his life," Judge Clancy said. "That's what makes this so reprehensible."
Paul Turner, a fourth defendant who was not present at Brennan's Colony during the June 30 holdup, was sentenced by Judge Clancy to 11 years in prison. Turner, 24, entered a plea of guilty to obstructing justice, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability. He also pled guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in other unrelated cases.
"From the very start, this case has been an example of teamwork between law enforcement and the prosecutor's office," said Assistant County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas, who represented the State of Ohio along with Mahmoud Awadallah, Callista Plemel and Sarah Denney. "Hard work in the hours and days immediately after the crime enabled us to solve this murder and to bring some measure of justice to the family and friends of Jim Brennan and to the people of Cleveland Heights."