Cuyahoga County

Jurors choose death penalty for Heartless Felon


A 21-year-old gang member should be executed for killing three people inside a suburban Cleveland barbershop and plotting from jail to kill a witness who planned to testify against him, a jury has recommended.

Douglas Shine Jr. will become the second youngest person on Ohio's death row if Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg accepts the jury's recommendation, which was announced Saturday.

Synenberg will formally sentence Shine at 11 a.m. Dec. 5.

Prosecutors successfully convinced the jury that Shine's ability to launch a weeks-long assault on a rival gang member that ended in a shooting at a barbershop full of innocent bystanders outweighed an upbringing that was marred by neglect and undiagnosed mental and personality disorders.

The same jury convicted Shine Nov. 4 in a string of shootings that prosecutors said started in January 2015 when Shine, a Heartless Felon, stole a handgun from a member of the Loyal Always gang.

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