Sentencing for the killing of Diamond Russell

Alonzo Patterson

(Cleveland) - Sentences were hand down to the two men who pleaded guilty in the death of Diamond Russell, the nephew of Glenville High School Coach Ted Ginn Sr.

Eighteen year old Diamond Russell (above) was shot to death last year outside a gas station in East Cleveland, as he was preparing to begin college. 

Russell died just days before his high school graduation. His mother, Arnetta Hill asked the court for the maximum sentence, which would have been 30 years behind bars. 

Patterson's mother Caprice Jones begged for leniency, saying that her son was an "A" student in school, was never in any kind of trouble previously, and had a spotless record. 

Triggerman Patterson received a 25 year prison term, co-defendant Dontez Long got a 6 year sentence.

Both men apologized to the court and the victim's families, and took full responsibility for their actions.

Dontez Long

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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