CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Fairview Park man who prosecutors described as a longtime conman was discovered responsible Tuesday of homicide and aggravated arson expenses within the 2007 demise of his aged neighbor.
Timothy Sheline, sixty seven, shook his head as Decide Robert McClelland learn jurors’ verdict in Cuyahoga County Widespread Pleas Courtroom.
McClelland presided over the listening to instead of Decide Steve Gall, who’s out of city at a judicial convention.
Gwendolyn Bewley’s physique was so badly burned within the Aug. 29, 2007 hearth that Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Workplace couldn’t work out precisely how the retired member of a Purple Hat Society died.
The sixty seven-yr-previous lady had no soot in her lungs, which led investigators to find out she died earlier than the hearth ravaged her residence. State Hearth Marshal’s Workplace investigators decided the hearth ignited close to her head as she lay on the ground. A number of items of paper positioned on her head probably caught hearth, investigators stated.
Bewley’s daughter, Sue Bewley Mazzone, stated Tuesday that jurors returned the right verdict.
“I am going to by no means get my mom again, however simply understanding that he is off the road, and he’ll be put away endlessly, that is an excellent feeling,” she stated. “Some justice lastly for my mother.”
Fairview Park police Lt. Paul Shepard, the primary officer to reach on the scene a decade in the past and the case’s lead investigator, stated the decision “speaks for itself.” He borrowed a tissue from a sheriff’s deputy earlier than heading into one other courtroom.
Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Anna Faraglia stated “justice has been served after 10 years.”
Sheline, whose felony historical past included a 1989 aggravated arson conviction, was recognized as a suspect early within the investigation. He moved in together with his brother, subsequent door to Bewley, about two months earlier than her dying.
Sheline made a number of telephone calls to one in every of Bewley’s daughters the day after the hearth, asking a few lock field she had stored in her residence. Investigators discovered he had been stealing cash from Bewley’s bank card accounts within the weeks main as much as the hearth.
He was ultimately arrested and convicted of theft fees, and served three half years in jail.
Sheline and his brother informed police he was in Michigan on the time of the hearth. With no explanation for dying and no bodily proof placing Sheline in the home, investigators didn’t file any felony costs on the time.
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