Bickering brothers killed neighbor in crossfire, found guilty

CLEVELAND -- A pair of bickering brothers who opened fire on one another and killed a neighbor in the crossfire have been found guilty of murder and could spend the rest of their lives in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty confirmed Wednesday.

On July 28, 2013, an argument about a woman between Jonathan and Carvin Catron erupted into gunfire outside their home on Columbia Avenue in Cleveland.

When a next door neighbor, James D. Swindler III, 20,stepped on to his home's porch during the gun battle, he was shot and killed.

A jury on Wednesday convicted Jonathan Catron, 25, on two counts each of murder and felonious assault. The jury also convicted his brother Carvin Catron, 23, on one count each of murder and felonious assault.

Evidence showed that the fatal bullet came from Jonathan Catron's weapon.

After the jury returned its verdict, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose sentenced each brother to life in prison and ordered that they each must serve at least 21 years before requesting parole.

"This case is so infuriating because these two defendants turned Columbia Avenue into the O.K. Corral – in an argument over a cigarette lighter," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Filiatraut who, along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Brian Kraft and Sarah Denney, represented the State of Ohio in this case.


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