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Four men charged in Cleveland Heights murder

James W. Wade III | 7/9/2014, 11:55 a.m.
One of the four involved in the murder of pub owner Jim Brennan Brandon Jones

Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan issued $1 million bonds for three of the four men being held in the robbery and shooting at Brennan’s Colony on Lee Road at Silsby that resulted in the death of popular pub owner Jim Brennan on Monday, July 7.

Brandon Jones, 23, his brother Darien Jones, 21, and Devonne Turner, 26, face charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping. The fourth man, Paul Turner, 23, faces two counts of obstructing justice and two counts of evidence tampering. Turner is accused of hiding the gun used to kill Brennan, according to court records.

Turner is held on $500,000 bond.

The Jones brothers and Devonne Turner face up to life in prison or possibly the death penalty on the murder charges, Buchanan said. Brennan and another man were inside the restaurant, which was closed at the time of the reported robbery and shooting, court records revealed.

The robbery and kidnapping charges carry a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison. Turner faces up to five years in prison on each of the four charges. There are reports that the suspects charged in the robbery and murder of Brennan have made full confessions.

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson provided a statement on July 5.

“Today, I would like to tell the friends and loved ones of Jim Brennan, the citizens of Cleveland Heights and all others touched by this tragedy that we have obtained full confessions from those in our custody as to their involvement in this crime,” Robertson said.

Police charged four men on the Monday. Cleveland Heights detectives said Brandon Jones and his brother Darien Jones as well as brothers Devon Turner and Paul Turner were all charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.

Brandon had worked there for about a month. Many say Brennan tried to help him by giving him a job. Police were working with the DEA, the FBI, CMHA, Cleveland police, South Euclid police, Shaker Heights police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office.

Some asked the question, why police can’t act this fast and catch shooters and other crime related things. Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox commended the quick work by the police department and other agencies leading to the arrests.

“I hope this is a step in bringing some closure as the community continues to struggle with Brennan’s death. Since we’re such a tight community, we really value our sense of community,” Wilcox said.

In this suburb, they all band together to make sure these four were brought to justice without the hassle of being called a snitch. Snitching as we all know is to tell, give up the tapes or just plain rat someone out.

Talking to a few Cleveland Heights residents, who did not want to be identified, they stated how glad they are to know the people caught these people. People who happen to be passing by heard the shots. “I’m on Lee Road and there was just a shooting, I think,” the woman tells a 9-1-1 dispatcher. We heard three shots fired. Two young men ran out of the place and were running down the street,” they reported on the call.

The Cleveland Heights police report says an officer found Brennan on the floor. Through their finding, they believe two masked gunmen walked into the closed bar to steal money. Cleveland Heights police said the two masked gunmen fought with Brennan and eventually shot him.

The police started searching the Silsby and surrounding area for the men. The community had a vigil for Brennan where hundreds came out to show support for a friend and great business owner.

“Losing someone so respected... it’s tough. We will overcome this tragedy and we will move on,” said Mayor Wilcox.