Gang member found guilty of murder, firing into car driving I-480

Gang member found guilty of murder, firing into car driving I-480

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Thursday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says a Common Pleas Court jury convicted a Cleveland gang member of multiple crimes, including a 2014 murder.

In all, the jury convicted 19-year-old Demetrius Keith on one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder, six counts of felonious assault, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of discharge of a firearm. Keith was also found guilty of gun and gang activity specifications attached to the charges.

Evidence presented at trial, which began Nov. 9, identified Keith as a member of the JPark gang, considered to be one of the most violent criminal organizations operating in the Fourth Police District on Cleveland's southeast side.

Evidence revealed that on Feb. 12, 2014, Keith, then 17, saw 19-year-old Arturio Young at a gas station on Cleveland's east side. Keith and three fellow gang members followed Young and two others onto Interstate 480 and began chasing them at a high rate of speed. The car in which Keith was riding pulled alongside Young's car and shots were fired into the victim's car. No one was hurt during that shooting.

According to the prosecutor, later on Aug. 7, 2014, Keith and two other males were riding their bikes when they saw Young and his friends walking on East 139th Street. Keith shot and killed the victim.

Judge John O'Donnell will sentence Keith on Dec. 21.

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