Cop Killer to be Sentenced in Rape, Kidnapping Case

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(Quisi Bryan in court on Feb. 24, 2014)

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CLEVELAND —A notorious cop killer found guilty of rape and kidnapping in a separate case was scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

Quisi Bryan, 43, is on Ohio’s death row for the June 2000 murder of Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Schnatter said an additional 50 years could be tacked onto Bryan’s prison term, but the State of Ohio intends to execute Bryan once his appeals in the Leon case are exhausted.

Bryan’s kidnapping and rape convictions relate to the March 1994 attack on a Cleveland woman.

The victim testified Bryan held a knife to her throat, dragged her behind a vacant home and raped her in an abandoned car.

Jurors deliberated for just over two hours over the course of two days before delivering their verdict.

Bryan was linked to the 1994 rape after authorities began comparing DNA from cold case rapes to the DNA of known offenders and inmates.

Bryan had earlier pleaded guilty to charges related to four other cold case rapes, but elected to contest the 1994 case and served as his own attorney.

Fox 8 asked Cuyahoga County prosecutors why they elected to pursue the rape case when Bryan is already condemned to die.

Schnatter responded, “The victim has lived with it for 20 years, and I’m sure it’s haunted her.  Each crime is distinct, and each crime calls for justice.”

The sentencing was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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