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Three indicted in connection with July fatal shooting in Elyria

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    From left, Bruce Arnoff, Patrick Gall and John Sullivan were indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of Willie Fisher in July.

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ELYRIA — Three men have been indicted on charges in connection with the July slaying of Willie Fisher.

John Sullivan, 29, and Patrick Gall, 18, both of East Cleveland, were indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday. Sullivan also faces a count of having weapons under disability since he previously had a felony conviction that prohibited from having a firearm.

Bruce Arnoff, 56, of Solon, was indicted on complicity charges, including three counts of complicity to aggravated murder, four counts of complicity to murder, six counts of complicity to felonious assault and two counts of tampering with evidence.

Police said Arnoff paid Sullivan and Gall $500 to murder Fisher. Fisher was killed July 6 near Convenient Food Mart on East Avenue.

Sullivan was driving a car with Gall as a passenger during a traffic stop by Brooklyn police on Interstate 480 less than four hours after police found Fisher’s body. While Gall was released, Sullivan was held on an unrelated warrant out of Maple Heights; he also was charged with having weapons under disability.

Arnoff was arrested in connection with the murder July 7.

Gall was arrested the following week after a standoff at his East Cleveland home with U.S. Marshals. Police originally put out a warrant for the wrong man, after Gall had used another man’s identity during the traffic stop.

A warrant was issued in Elyria Municipal Court for Sullivan’s arrest July 10, but he was in custody in Cuyahoga County for the weapons charge stemming from the Brooklyn traffic stop. The case finally was resolved last month when Sullivan pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Many of the counts in the indictments for the three include firearms specifications, each of which, upon conviction, carries a mandatory prison sentence.

Arnoff and Gall both were being held in Lorain County Jail on $2 million bonds. Sullivan, who police have said is believed to have pulled the trigger, is being held on $2.5 million bond.

 

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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