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December 3, 2013

Man involved in Cheatham shooting pleads guilty to selling heroin

One of the men involved in a deadly shooting by police in June of last year has pleaded guilty to selling heroin.

Court documents show Cardell Clinton, 22, of Johnstown, who was charged with four separate counts relating to heroin distribution, accepted a plea deal Tuesday morning before Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki.

According to a criminal complaint, Clinton was caught during an undercover heroin sale that took place on June 11. Clinton and co-defendant Correy Martin secured 0.36 grams of heroin for the police informant.

In June of last year, Clinton and Hayward Gaines were in the car of Elip Cheatham, who was fatally shot by police when he sped toward a police blockade. Cheatham was rushing Clinton to a hospital after he was shot outside Edder’s Den in a separate extortion incident.

Clinton pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to six to 23 months for his role in the extortion.

Clinton’s sentencing on the drug charges is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Read more details regarding Clinton's charges in Wednesday's Tribune-Democrat.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/JustinDennis.

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