A member of the Heartless Felons gang was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the murder of a store clerk at a gas station in 2013, according to
Timothy McGinty. A second man was sentenced, but a third man's trial has been delayed.
Shawntez Giles was 16 in the summer of 2013 when he committed four armed robberies in Cleveland, the last of which occurred at Biggie's Food Mart on East 55th Street on July 30, 2013. Giles shot and killed Mohammed Ismael, a clerk at the store. Giles also shot Esmeil Ayad, the owner of the store, who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and survived.
Giles pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, felonious assault and four counts of aggravated robbery in these cases. He also pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a criminal gang for his participation in Heartless Felon activities during his incarceration at the
. Giles was among 43 juveniles who were charged in this case, 17 of whom were bound over to
to be tried as adults.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Sutula sentenced Giles to life in prison with parole eligibility after 33 years. Judge Sutula also sentenced Giles' co-defendant in the robbery cases, who was not a member of the Heartless Felons.
Victor Flournoy, 21, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of aggravated robbery. Flournoy participated in the Biggie's Food Mart robbery but did not fire his weapon. He was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 18 years.
A third defendant in this case, DeShawn Terrell, was scheduled to go to trial on March 9. However, an appeal filed by the defendant delayed the start of the trial. The appeal was dismissed, and a new trial date has not yet been set.