Video: Michael Madison Gets Death Sentence; Victim's Father Lunges at Him



Michael Madison has been sentenced to die via lethal injection after being convicted of murdering three women, Shetisha D. Sheeley, 28, Angela H. Deskins, 38, and Shirellda Terry, 18.

Shirellda Terry's father, Van Terry, turned and lunged toward Michael Madison during his statement to Madison, who can be seen grinning on video.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy R. McDonnell also sentenced Madison of kidnapping, rape, having weapons under disability and gross abuse of a corpse. If he had been spared the death penalty, the sentences would have tacked on an additional 51 years in prison for Madison.

A sex offender suspected of killing three Cleveland women pleaded not guilty earlier this morning to charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, and gross abuse of a corpse. Michael Madison, 36, could face the death penalty if convicted.

Madison is accused of killing three East Cleveland women and leaving their bodies in trash bags. The bodies were discovered earlier this summer when residents in several East Cleveland neighborhoods began to smell a foul odor.

The medical examiner identified the victims as Shirellda H. Terry, 18, and Angela H. Deskins, 38, and Shetisha D. Sheeley, 28.

Madison was classified as a sex offender in 2002 when he was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape, according to the courts. He also had drug-related convictions in 2000 and 2001.

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