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4 suspects sentenced to lengthy prison terms for 2017 deadly shooting of 12-year-old boy in Cleveland

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 12:05 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 5:52 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Four suspects who have been found guilty in connection to the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy faced a Cuyahoga County judge on Friday for sentencing.

The primary defendant in the case, identified as 22-year-old Marvin Harris, was in court on Friday afternoon along with 25-year-old Larissa Harris, 19-year-old Darshawn Shields, and 19-year-old Amier Taylor.

According to detectives, 12-year-old Abdel Bashiti was fatally struck by a stray bullet in November 2017 while outside of his family’s beauty supply store near the intersection of East 116th Street and Buckeye Road.

Bashiti’s father tried to speak before sentencing but only got in a few words before he got choked up.

“Four years ago these murders took away my son,” Ali Bashiti said before bursting into tears.

A photo of 12-year-old Abdel Bashiti who was shot and killed just outside his family’s store.
A photo of 12-year-old Abdel Bashiti who was shot and killed just outside his family’s store.(Family)

The prosecution said the four convicted defendants were in a vehicle at the time when at least 20 rounds were fired from their car into a group of kids that the suspects were “beefing” with on the day after Thanksgiving.

“Adel’s mother was out shopping on Black Friday, Abdel decided to go up to the store with his father,” the prosecution explained. “He was hanging around the store at that time and what we know is that his father Mr. Bashiti heard a noise outside, some sort of rockets outside that led Mr. Bashiti to come out and investigate. What Mr. Bashiti did not realize is that his 12-year-old son followed closely behind him and what we know unfortunately is that Adel was outside when the shooting took place. He was struck with one of these bullets. It pierced through his ribcage and then landed we believe in his right wrist. We saw the video footage of Adel run back into the store and we know now he died right in front of his father’s eyes in that beauty supply store.”

Bashiti was not the intended target.

Several other teen victims were shot, but they did survive.

“Larissa Harris parked her car kind of in a dark area of that parking lot close to East 117th,” explained the prosecutor. “We know that Darshawn Shields, Amier Taylor, and Marvin Harris exited that vehicle and the three of them walked to the corner of East 117th street, states position that only two of them were armed.”

Both Marvin Harris and Taylor were named the gunmen in the shooting.

Harris was found guilty by a jury in August on multiple charges, including two counts of murder, multiple charges of felonious assault, and more. The judge sentenced him to a life-long prison term with parole eligibility after 29 years.

Taylor received the second-longest sentence of the four suspects. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including attempted murder and felonious assault. The judge ordered him to serve at least 18 years on a life sentence before being eligible for parole.

Larissa Harris was driving the vehicle with the other three defendants inside at the time of the shooting, according to the prosecutors. Her charges included involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The attorney for Shields said he has cooperated with investigators throughout the course of the investigation. He and his family have even received violent threats because of the assistance in the case. He pleaded guilty to his charges, including several counts of felonious assault, and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

“I obviously didn’t know your son but I saw him on the video for two or three minutes,” the judge said to the Bashiti family. “He was a spirited kid I can tell. He may not have been excited to be at work and it’s something a father has to do but he was lively, he was alive and then after that, he showed with a grievous injury more courage than anyone of us ever will.”

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