Chief: Police obtain full confessions from suspects in Jim Brennan murder

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeff Robertson says police have obtained full confessions from the suspects in custody for the shooting death of Jim Brennan.

Robertson released a statement on the matter Saturday afternoon, the same day Brennan’s funeral was held.

In the statement, Robertson said in part:

“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.”

Police earlier this week said five people had been arrested in the murder of Brennan, who was shot to death in his restaurant, Brennan’s Colony, on Monday. According to Cleveland Heights police, two suspects broke in to the closed bar.

Brennan was shot several times during a struggle and later died. His funeral was held Saturday.

Friday, police announced charges had been filed.

Brothers Brandon Jones, 23, and Darien Jones, 21, both of Darlington Avenue in Garfield Heights; and brothers Devon Turner, 27, and Paul Turner, 23, both of Walton Road in Cleveland, now face charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

Robertson’s full statement is as follows:

“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.

I am extremely proud of the efforts and hard work of the members of the Cleveland Heights Police Department who throughout the course of this investigation worked tirelessly to bring those responsible into custody quickly. I would especially like to thank the Mayor, the City Council and the City Manager for their steadfast support. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, FBI, DEA, The Bureau of Criminal Investigation all provided the extra resources needed to bring this to a quick resolution. From the first moments of this tragedy, the Shaker Heights, South Euclid and University Heights Police Departments came to our assistance in the securing of the crime scene and in the search for the suspects. The Cleveland Police and CMHA Police assisted in their jurisdictions with the execution of the many search warrants.   

 All of the agencies, police departments and bureaus mentioned did not have to be called.They reached out to us and asked what they could do to help.         

 You, the citizens, the visitors and friends of Cleveland Heights rallied together in support of each other and the Police Department to show that those who want to disrupt Society with their criminal acts have many that will stand against them. You united with each other to help lessen the pain you felt and to help the Brennan family begin the healing process. Your actions at a time like this showed everyone that Cleveland Heights is a special city.        

Jim Brennan embodied goodness. These suspects preyed on that goodness. Senseless crimes such as this are not isolated to Cleveland Heights. It is occurring in areas never touched by crime before. We must continue to act together as a united force to let those who want to hurt our community and our good citizens know that we will not tolerate it.”

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