Cuyahoga County

Heartless Felon gets 127 years in prison for barbershop revenge shootings, murder


A 24-year-old Garfield Heights man and member of the Heartless Felons gang was sentenced Tuesday to 127 years to life in prison for a series of revenge shootings stemming from the 2015 Warrensville Heights barbershop massacre.

Marcus Ladson, 24, was found guilty of murder and 25 other felonies, including the murder of Curtis Avent III, who was shot dead in March 2015 outside a bar on Aetna Road.

Ladson was arrested days later at another shooting at an apartment on Northfield Road.

Avent was not the intended target of a revenge shooting, but a number of other incidents in which Ladson was convicted were an attempt to exact revenge for the death of his cousin Brandon White.

White was killed in the February 2015 triple slaying at the Chalk Linez barbershop in Warrensville Heights.

Prosecutors have not determined a motive in Avett's death, spokesman Joe Frolik said.

White was among three killed in that massacre, which prosecutors later linked to a turf war between convicted heroin kingpin Tevaughn "Big Baby" Darling and the LA Gunnaz, a.k.a. Loyal Always, an east side street gang.

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