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Man pleads guilty to killing teenager



Published: Tue, April 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



DeWaylyn Colvin already was convicted on drug charges.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A city man already convicted on federal drug charges also will have state time to serve on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

DeWaylyn Colvin, 23, of Nelson Avenue, entered his guilty plea to the manslaughter charge Monday before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Colvin appeared with his lawyer Don L. Hanni Jr.

A county grand jury originally indicted Colvin on charges of murder and kidnapping in August 2004.

The indictment said he caused the death of Eric Martinez, 16, of Jackson Street, on July 13, 2004. Martinez was found shot to death in the driveway of a Josephine Street house on the city's East Side. Colvin also was shot on that day.

During a plea-bargained agreement, the indictment was amended to reduce the charge from murder to involuntary manslaughter, and the kidnapping charge was dismissed.

Accepted

Judge Krichbaum accepted the plea and sentenced Colvin to six years in prison -- three years on the manslaughter charge and three years because a gun was used to commit the crime.

He also ruled the state time would be served concurrently to the federal prison time Colvin has received.

Federal court records show Colvin was sentenced in January 2005 to two years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and he would be under a four-year parole once his term is complete. He was arrested in 2004.

Colvin has been in the Mahoning County jail since August 2004, awaiting the disposition of his state charges.

Judge Krichbaum explained that whenever Colvin is released after serving his federal time, he must report to the state prison to serve the remainder of his state time.




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