Man convicted of national park shooting gets life sentence
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder for shooting a woman at a national park has been sentenced to life in prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Ohio’s northern district says 28-year-old DeZay Ely was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Akron in the July 2016 shooting at Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Valley National Park. The judge sentenced the Akron man to 20 years for attempted murder and a life sentence for discharging a weapon during a crime of violence.
Prosecutors say Ely test-fired a gun before shooting the woman in the head, leaving her with “lifelong, serious injuries.”
Authorities had said Ely wanted to kill the woman to prevent her from revealing robbery plans.
Ely’s public defender didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.