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Man misidentified for explosives avoids prisons for alleged threats

ELYRIA — An Elyria man who was wrongly arrested in connection with throwing a firecracker-like explosive device at a Cleveland Indians game five years ago avoided prison for allegedly making threats to his psychiatrist against the judge, prosecutor and police involved in the case.

Clifton Oliver, 27, was convicted by a Cuyahoga County jury of three counts of retaliation. He was cleared of his involvement in the explosion, which his friend, Andrew Mendez, was convicted of and sent to prison for.

Oliver will be on probation for five years, must attend anger management counseling and must continue receiving psychiatric treatment, according to court records.

The city of Cleveland was ordered to pay Oliver $1 million last year by a jury. Oliver sued the city for malicious prosecution and false arrest, but the jury’s decision is being appealed.

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