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Man sentenced to life in prison for fatal gas station shooting

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 17:18:44-04

CLEVELAND — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 27-year-old man at a gas station in the Glenville neighborhood.

On January 10, 2019, Eric Yates, 36, argued with the victim and the victim’s 14-year-old cousin in a gas station parking lot near East 105th Street and Somerset Avenue.

Yates drove away but returned two minutes later, walked behind a dumpster, and fired several shots at the man and teenager before fleeing the scene, according to court records.

The 27-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. A 27-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting. The teenager suffered no injuries.

According to court records, video surveillance placed Yates at the scene. During an interview at the Justice Center, Yates became enraged, threw hot coffee on a homicide detective, and was arrested, officials said.

Yates was found guilty of the following charges:

  • One count of Aggravated Murder.
  • One count of Murder.
  • Three counts of Felonious Assault.
  • One count of Attempted Murder.
  • One count of Assault (on a Peace Officer.)
  • One count of Having Weapons Under Disability.