August 23, 2014

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Lorain man to serve term for assaulting guard while he awaits murder trial

ELYRIA — A 19-year-old Lorain man accused of gunning down another man in 2011 will serve out his six-month prison sentence for assaulting a guard at the Lorain County Jail while he awaits trial on murder, felonious assault and weapons charged.

McLemore

McLemore

Maquaine McLemore entered a guilty plea Monday to assault for a Feb. 20 incident in which he punched the corrections officer, leaving the guard with a black eye, his attorney, Anthony Baker, said.

He was immediately sentenced to six months in prison after his plea, although the time will be served locally.

“It makes sense to get this behind you and to focus on only one thing,” Baker said.

McLemore, who was 17 at the time he allegedly shot and killed Kevin Calhoun, has been held in the Lorain County Jail since he was removed from the juvenile justice system to be tried as an adult.

He is accused of shooting Calhoun on May 3, 2011, in what police have described as a drug deal gone bad.

Lorain police have said that McLemore fired three shots from a 9mm semiautomatic pistol at the 50-year-old Calhoun, a former Elyria Catholic High School basketball standout, on West 17th Street in Lorain. Calhoun was hit once on the head and neck area.

McLemore then allegedly fled the scene and threw away the gun, which police later recovered.

Paul Griffin, McLemore’s attorney in the murder case, has tried to get some of the evidence against his client suppressed, but court records indicate that Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski has not yet made a final decision on those issues.

Griffin did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.