Teen involved in priest attack outside Collinwood church sentenced to 7 years in prison

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CLEVELAND – One of the teenagers involved in the attack on a Catholic priest outside a Collinwood church was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Jaylen Miller, 17, and Terrance Kimbrough, 16, each pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property in the December 2017 attack.

Kimbrough received a total of seven years in prison, with credit for time served. That will then be followed by five years probation.

Miller will be sentenced at a later time.

Rev. John Kumse was walking from a chicken coop on church grounds through the parking lot of St. Mary’s Church when he said two teens ordered him to hand over eggs he was carrying and then fired gunshots at him.

Cleveland police later arrested four teens and recovered a stolen minivan used during the attack.

Amin Walker, 17, was indicted on charges including attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty.

In November, Kenitra Robinson, 19, was sentenced to probation and community service on a gun charge in connection with the attack.

“I accept very much your apology and the remorse that you had in the actions,” Rev. Kumse told Kimbrough in court. “I can honestly say I never felt any malice toward you or anyone else who participated in this.”

Kumse said he often wonders why he was targeted that day.

“Maybe it was meant to happen the way it did to keep you and the other people involved in this from maybe doing something far worse,” he said.

Prosecutors said a total of six teens were involved in the crime and posted photos of the guns used. Two unnamed teenagers had cases processed through the juvenile court system.

Kimbrough was also sentenced to concurrent prison time on charges of aggravated riot and vandalism for his involvement in a riot at the Juvenile Detention Center.

“The actions, what I have done was wrong and I accept full responsibly for them,” Kimbrough said.

Kumse said he prays that Kimbrough will grow from this tough lesson and become a better person.

“I only hope some good will continue to come out of this for yourself,” Kumse said. “That this is another case where good can come from what we perceive to be bad.”

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