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26-year-old Barberton man sentenced to life in prison for Akron murder

Charles Deel will be eligible for parole after 21 years.
Credit: Summit County Sheriff's Office

AKRON, Ohio — A Barberton man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2020 murder that took place in Akron, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Friday.

Twenty-six-year-old Charles Deel had been found guilty of killing 29-year-old Woody Cisterna. The jury convicted Deel of one count of murder with a gun specification (a special felony) and felonious assault with a gun specification (felony of the second degree) back on May 31.

On July 30, 2020, a fatal shooting occurred at the 1200 block of Kenmore Boulevard. Cisterna was found on the ground after witnesses heard gunshots.

Deel had been seen driving away in his vehicle after the shots were fired, according to authorities. On Aug. 3 of that year, the U.S. Marshals' Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Deel after finding out information that he was hiding in a house in Scio, Ohio, about an hour and a half south of Akron. Investigators say he had a weapon on him at the time.

Deel will be eligible for parole after 21 years of his sentence have been served.

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