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Tamara McLoyd found guilty on murder charges in killing of Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek

The then-18-year-old McLoyd was arrested after Bartek was killed on New Year’s Eve. She now faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

CLEVELAND — The verdict is in.

On Wednesday, a jury determined that 19-year-old Tamara McLoyd, was guilty of multiple murder charges relating to the killing of Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek on New Year's Eve. Altogether, McLoyd was found guilty of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, grand theft, having weapons under disability and theft. 

She was found not guilty of a second aggravated murder charge. 

The verdict comes after the jury officially took the case to begin deliberations when closing arguments wrapped Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. McLoyd faces anywhere from 20 years to life in prison as a result of the ruling. 

Sentencing has been set for Sept. 27.

"Quite frankly she (McLoyd) was a terrorist on our streets," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley after the verdict. "For our community's sake, she now has to face the music for all of here crimes that she had committed over those several months."

Judge John P. O'Donnell read the verdict from the bench. You can watch the proceedings again in the player below:

In an interview with 3News' Russ Mitchell on Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb reacted to the verdict. "I'm very happy and I'm very pleased," Bibb told Mitchell. "I thank God that the Bartek family will receive the justice and the closure that they deserve."  

McLoyd has been in custody for months since her arrest in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Bartek. She previously pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in the case, which included aggravated murder, murder and aggravated robbery.

She was 18 years old at the time of the incident.

It was determined earlier this year that O'Malley's office was not seeking the death penalty against McLoyd.

"After both thoroughly reviewing the case and consulting with Officer Bartek’s family, the Capital Review Committee made the decision not to seek capital charges," a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office told 3News back on March 3.

Officer Bartek, 25, was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive around 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2021. He was a two-year veteran with the Cleveland Police Department. Although he wasn’t working at the time of the shooting, Bartek’s murder was later ruled a line-of-duty death, which allowed the city to assist with funeral expenses.

He was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in January.

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