"This defendant took a firearm into a national park and tried to murder a young woman,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said. “He left her with lifelong, serious injuries. Our community is a safer place with him behind bars.”
According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ely previously served eight years in prison for aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was released in November of 2015.