Victim’s mother reacts to death sentence in Warrensville barbershop slayings

CLEVELAND - A jury sentenced convicted murder Douglas Shine Jr. to death for killing three men at a Warrensville Heights barbershop in February of 2015.

All six counts were unanimous, death for the 21-year-old. Who did not flinch as he learned his fate. Shine killed William Gonzalez, Walter Barfield and Brandon White at Chalk Linez barbershop last year. White's mother Angela Ladson was in the courtroom.

"I'm satisfied," said Ladson. "It's hard not to have emotions when someone says death. It's been three months it's been hard."

Shine's family members stormed out of the courtroom before the judge finished reading the verdict on all six counts. Prosecutors say Shine was a member of the Heartless Felons gang and that an argument with a rival gang led to the shooting that killed three men and wounded three others.

Ladson says moving on will be difficult. She lost two sons to Shine's violence.

"Now we can get a little closure but I have to start all over next year for my second son," said Ladson. "It's hard emotion right now it really is, it really is.

Aaron Ladson was a witness who prosecutors say identified Shine as the shooter. Aaron was shot and killed four months after his brother Brandon, in the driveway of his grandmother's home. Jurors convicted Shine of organizing the murder from his cell.

Fox 8 asked Ladson if death for Shine was the punishment she wanted to hear in the case.

"It didn't matter if it was life or death but I am shocked," said Ladson. "I'm okay, It doesn't bring my sons back but I'm okay."

A source inside the courtroom says the enormity of the situation weighed heavily on jurors who all wanted to make sure they did the right thing.

Click here to listen to the raw video of the sentencing. 

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