Cuyahoga County

Serial killer Michael Madison's death sentence an antidote for victims' families


Cleveland — East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison smirked as the father of his final victim took the podium in a Cleveland courtroom to read a statement about his daughter's life and her gruesome death.

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell sentenced the convicted killer of three to death Thursday for the rape and murders of 18-year-old Shirellda Terry, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 38-year-old Angela Deskins.

Thursday's hearing was their first chance for friends and family members who sat through the two-month trial to address the man convicted of killing those women.

"You've touched our family, you've taken my child," Shirellda Terry's father Van Terry said.

 He then turned toward Madison, just as the killer sprouted a grin.

Van Terry bolted from the podium and lunged across the hardwood table where Madison was seated. He grabbed at Madison's face as his momentum carried him back into the packed courtroom gallery.

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