Serial murders in East Cleveland
JAMES W. WADE III | 7/25/2013, 10:35 a.m.
Municipal Judge William Dawson set Madison’s bond at $1 million per count. If convicted of the murder charges, he could face life in prison. The kidnapping charges each carry a possible sentence of three to 10 years in prison.
“I want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate these types of crimes in this city,” said Dawson.
Madison, in his blue jumpsuit, quietly answered yes to questions from the judge but showed no emotion.
Madison was arrested in 2001 on charges of attempted rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain to attempted rape in 2002, and was sentenced to four years in prison. He also was found to be a sexually oriented offender.
Two months ago, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was fined. He also was found guilty of attempted possession of drugs in 2001 and disorderly conduct in 2001 as well as 2006.
Residents in the community has stated he has told them a few times how he admired serial killer Anthony Sowell but no one really suspected him to be for real.
“Thanks to all the departments who has helped us, including the Cleveland Police,” Norton said.
Norton at a news conference Monday, prior to the court hearing, described the slayings as a tragedy for his impoverished suburb. “Three individuals who were minding their own business were killed senselessly by an individual with no regard for human life.”
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