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Murderer accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison

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    Patrick Gall

    CHRONICLE FILE

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GRAFTON — The legal woes of Patrick Gall continue to pile up as the man convicted of murder in connection with the slaying of Willie Fisher is now under investigation for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into prison.

Last month, Gall, 19, of East Cleveland, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder-for-hire plot that left Fisher dead. A jury convicted Gall on charges of aggravated murder Nov. 19 after a weeklong trial. Gall was then sentenced by Judge John Miraldi to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 28 years.

On Nov. 27, Gall was transported from Lorain County Jail to Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton to begin his prison sentence, according to prison records. The Ohio Highway Patrol sent a copy of an initial report from an incident Nov. 27 at LCI in response to a request from The Chronicle-Telegram for information regarding an alleged incident involving Gall.

According to the incident report, the inmate “was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.” The report said the inmate is being investigated for illegal conveyance of drugs and possessing/concealing cocaine.

The day before Gall was found guilty of aggravated murder, corrections officers at Lorain County Jail found a homemade weapon concealed in Gall’s cell. According to jail records, the weapon was described as a long, metal shank — a sharpened piece of metal with a homemade cloth handle that was 18 inches long.

Prosecutors said Gall was part of a murder-for-hire plot in which Bruce Arnoff, 59, of Solon, paid Gall and John Sullivan, 30, of East Cleveland, $500 to kill Fisher.

Fisher’s body was found behind a shopping plaza on East Avenue in Elyria on July 6. Just hours after police say Fisher was killed, Gall and Sullivan were stopped by Brooklyn police on Interstate 480 for traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Prosecutors said Gall and Sullivan had just left a meeting with Arnoff at a strip club on Brookpark Road, where they believe Arnoff paid the two men for killing Fisher. Sullivan was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Maple Heights during the stop and police found $340 in $20 bills in his pockets during the arrest.

Gall lied to police about his name and was released. Four days later, the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Gall at his East Cleveland home after a four-hour standoff. Arnoff was arrested July 7 after police watched him allegedly remove hard drives from surveillance systems at the shopping plaza where the killing took place in an attempt to destroy video evidence of the crimes.

Though prosecutors said Sullivan was the one that shot Fisher, Gall was found guilty of aggravated murder for his complicit role in the murder-for-hire plot.

The cases of Arnoff and Sullivan are pending in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

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


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