CLEVELAND - On Saturday morning, a jury recommended the death penalty after convicting a man accused of killing three people at a barbershop outside Cleveland.
Douglas Shine, Jr. was found guilty of all six counts, including aggravated murder and other charges. His sentencing is scheduled for December 5 at 11 a.m.
The jury returned its verdict Friday and had to decide whether or not to recommend to the judge that 21-year-old Shine be sentenced to death.
The jury began deliberating Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland.
Authorities say Shine walked into a Warrensville Heights barbershop in February 2015 and gunned down employee Walter Lee Barfield, shop owner William Gonzalez and customer Brandon White.
Prosecutors say three other people were wounded in a barrage of gunfire from Shine, who held guns in both hands.
Prosecutors say Shine's primary target was Barfield, a rival gang member.
Shine had pleaded not guilty.
Saturday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty released a statement:
“The jurors have lived with the horrific facts of this case for more than two months, and we respect their difficult decision. The outcome here guarantees that Douglas Shine Jr. will never again be free to kill, and shows that this community will not tolerate the indiscriminate gang murder of innocents."
“Law enforcement formed a team that was absolutely determined to solve the case and bring this mass-murderer to justice: Warrensville Heights Police Department, Cleveland Police Gang Impact Unit, the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Sheriff’s Department, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office all worked together."
"This investigation and this verdict should send a powerful message to other reckless gang killers.
“Most of all we thank the witnesses who had the courage to testify despite intimidation and the knowledge that this defendant had already arranged the murder of an eyewitness from his jail cell.”
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