Heartless Felons gang member sentenced to 64 years in prison for Tremont carjackings

Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 17:05:13-04

Two Cleveland gang members were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in several carjackings in Tremont.

Kenneth Jackson, Jr., 20, and Antowine Palmer, 24, were convicted earlier this year of an armed carjacking in July 2015, according to the Department of Justice. Jackson was also convicted of carjacking a couple the next day.

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Both men waved a firearm during the carjackings, according to authorities.

Jackson was sentenced to more than 64 years is prison.

Palmer was sentenced to more than 14 years. This sentence will be served following a seven year sentence for felonious assault. He also still has a murder trial pending in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Three other men previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the carjackings.

According to evidence and testimony in the week-long trial, Palmer and Jackson were members of the Heartless Felons street gang. They were feuding with a different set of Heartless Felons and planned a drive-by shooting aimed at the rival group. They went to Tremont to steal a car so they would be unrecognizable during the drive-by shooting, according to authorities.

The group saw a man loading a GMC Denali in the early morning hours of July 25, 2015, held a loaded gun to his head, pistol-whipped him and stole his vehicle, wallet and cell phone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The defendants used the man's credit card to make purchases at Wal Mart.