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Man sentenced for role in murder of 5-year-old Cleveland boy

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CLEVELAND– A man learned his fate on Thursday for the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy in Cleveland last fall.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors said Marlon Hackett Jr. was shooting at another man on Louise Harris Drive on Sept. 4. That’s when 5-year-old Ramon Burnett was caught in the crossfire while playing outside.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Hackett was arrested the day after the shooting. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to murder.

On Thursday, Hackett was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility of parole after 20 years.

Ramon’s death was followed by the murders of two other young children in Cleveland: 3-year-old Major Howard and 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield.

More stories on Ramon Burnett’s murder here

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