Men charged in death of Glenville High School football coach Ted Ginn Sr.'s nephew plead guilty

Posted at 6:42 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 18:43:45-04

Two men charged with aggravated murder and manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of the nephew of Glenville High School football coach Ted Ginn Sr., pleaded guilty Monday. 

Alonzo J. Patterson, 20 and Dontez D. Long, 23, both pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the shooting death of Diamond Russell in May 2016 at an East Cleveland gas station.

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Russell, 19, was scheduled to graduate from The Ginn Academy last year.

Patterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter, attempted murder, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon. He faces 23 to 30 years in jail. Long pleaded guilty involuntary manslaughter with gun specifications and faces six to 14 years, according to the Office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley.

The men were scheduled to go on trial Monday. 

Police said just minutes before the shooting Russell was in the Shell gas station at Euclid and Superior avenues buying snacks inside the store.

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The gas station owner told News 5 Cleveland witnesses reported there was an argument outside the gas station near the bus stop on Superior Avenue, seconds before the shooting took place.

Russell was found unresponsive at the gas station. He was taken to University Hospital where he later died. 

Patterson and Long were arrested a few days after the shooting. 

They are scheduled to be sentenced June 15.