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Man convicted in deadly shooting of grandma protecting children

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Tommy Dora Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting a grandmother (Credit: police) Tommy Dora Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting a grandmother (Credit: police)
Tommy Dora was convicted of fatally shooting Juliette Cleveland-Davis in 2014 (Credit: St. Louis Police Department) Tommy Dora was convicted of fatally shooting Juliette Cleveland-Davis in 2014 (Credit: St. Louis Police Department)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A 22-year-old man is headed to prison after being convicted of fatally shooting a grandmother who was trying to protect her grandchild in 2014. 

Tommy Dora was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Juliette Cleveland-Davis, 46.

Cleveland-Davis, of the 4600 block of Highland, was walking with her grandchildren, ages 4, 5 and 7, in the 1900 block of Hodiamont when she was shot in the chest.

According to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Dora and co-defendant Errick Owens were seen walking through an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Hodiamont Avenue before the shooting. The two then returned to the area with guns and set up on different sides of the spot where they thought their target was located and opened fire, officials said.

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As the shots were being fired, police said, Cleveland-Davis yelled at her grandkids to run. The children later returned to the scene with their grandmother’s husband, who said his wife died in his arms.

The grandchildren were not injured during the shooting.

Owens previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case.

Dora, who officials said fired the fatal gunshot, will face life behind bars with no parole. The official sentencing is set for May 18.

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