Teen facing 17 years for shooting 27-year-old

Cleveland - A teenage boy will be in his thirties when he gets out of prison, after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of a 27-year-old man.

A spokesman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley says Elijah Elem was bound over from Juvenile Court to be tried as an adult.

He and two others are accused of robbing a 27-year-old man near East 53rd and Glendale, then shooting him twice with a shotgun.

18-year-old John Cleggett of Shaker Heights is still awaiting trial in the case; another juvenile admitted delinquency in the Juvenile Court, and faces at least two years in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Prosecutor's spokesman Ryan Miday says the victim lost a kidney and suffered other organ damage, and was hospitalized in intensive care for a week. 

 He still has shotgun bullet fragments lodged around his heart and in his abdomen.Elem, who turned 18 three months ago,  was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Prosecutor O'Malley says the sentence "sends a loud and clear message:  we are aggressively prosecuting violent juveniles by binding them over from Juvenile Court so they can be tried as a adults" and that his office is "taking a tough stance against these juveniles who are destroying neighborhoods with their random acts of violence".

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