EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The suspect convicted in the death of a 23-year-old East Cleveland man appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon for sentencing.
The hearing for 24-year-old Daniel Hughes was held at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
The judge sentenced Hughes to 18 years in an Ohio prison.
Hughes was initially found guilty by a jury on charges that included aggravated robbery, kidnapping, involuntary manslaughter, and felonious assault. A verdict of not guilty was returned on the murder charge.
East Cleveland investigators say the victim, Anthony Haas, was killed by several men, including Hughes, during a violent robbery and shooting on Charles Street in May 2018.
Relatives of Haas provided emotional statements to Hughes and the courtroom during sentencing.
The Cuyahoga County judge said Hughes was the “mastermind” in the robbery that turned deadly.
Hughes was tracked down by the U.S. Marshals Service and taken into custody months later in December 2018.