Judge sentences shooter to 3 life sentences for 2019 triple murder in Cleveland

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 11:11 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cuyahoga County judge sentenced a man to three consecutive life sentences for killing three people during a party on Cleveland’s West side in 2019.

Court records show that 28-year-old Kielonte Harris was previously found guilty of:

  • 6 counts of aggravated murder
  • 3 counts of murder
  • 1 count of aggravated burglary
  • 1 count of aggravated robbery
  • 1 count of kidnapping
  • 3 counts of felonious assault
  • 2 counts of having weapons under disability

According to investigators, Harris fatally shot and killed 36-year-old April Lynn Magana, 31-year-old Joseph Eujean-Clinton Meeks III, and 26-year-old Nicole Tursivo at a home in the 7800 block of Lorain Ave. around 5 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2019.

Magana’s sister spoke about the senseless murders Harris committed at his sentencing.

“It is the worst crime you can commit, so when you do it not once, twice, three times the only justice is for you to forfeit your life,” Magana’s sister said. “He should never see the light of day.”

Tursivio’s brother said these murders have changed the lives in all three of the families.

“He’ll get to wake up tomorrow. It might not be where he wants to but he gets that option,” Tursivio’s brother said. “My family doesn’t, the Magana family doesn’t, the Meeks family doesn’t.”

Harris will not be eligible for parole.