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2 sentenced in federal court


Several Lorain County residents’ cases have moved to federal court, with two being sentenced last week.

Ziaire Duffy, 26, will be spending more than 22 years in federal prison, following sentencing in federal court Friday.

His sentence stems from a guilty plea for multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and controlled substances, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Duffy was previously sentenced to 13 years in prison by Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi in 2018 for violating the terms of his judicial release and eventually leading police on a high-speed chase in which he rammed his vehicle into a police vehicle twice.

On Thursday, Dameon Robertson, 45, was sentenced to 107 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty to multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, cocaine, “crack” cocaine and being a felon in possession of ammunition and firearms, according to a news release from Lorain police. Initially indicted in October, Robertson pleaded guilty in March following an investigation by Elyria police, Lorain police and Lorain SWAT that found more than $8,000 in cash, four handguns, a rifle and a large amount of narcotics.

Robertson has a lengthy history with the court system in the county, including previous drug trafficking convictions, according to records from the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Gregory Raymore, 32, is awaiting sentencing on being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after being found guilty by a jury in April. Andre Hines, 23, was shot and killed in May 2018 outside an Apple-Avenue club. The murder investigation led Lorain police to the recovery of a firearm and ammunition that contained Raymore’s DNA, although the firearm was not the one that was used to kill Hines. Raymore was not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition due to previous convictions, including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of drugs.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or

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