CRIME Two Ohio men sentenced for Youngstown robberies
The Cleveland man will spend the next 12 years in prison.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two men are headed to prison -- one for stealing a vacuum cleaner and another for robbing a woman at knifepoint because he needed bus fare to go to Cleveland.
On Tuesday, Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentenced Henry Moody, 55, of Ferndale Avenue to a total of 21/2 years in prison on charges of burglary and breaking and entering.
Patrick R. Pochiro, an assistant county prosecutor, said Moody committed the crimes in January and March of this year.
Pochiro said on Jan. 20, Moody broke into a vacant church on Parkcliffe Avenue on the city's South Side. On March 14, he broke into a home, stole a vacuum sweeper and tried to elude police while riding his bicycle with the sweeper in one of his hands.
Judge Krichbaum gave Moody two years in prison on the burglary charge and six months on the breaking and entering charge. He ruled the sentences would be served consecutively.
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Judge Maureen A. Cronin sentenced Terrence Baylor, 39, of Cleveland to seven years in prison on an aggravated robbery charge.
Baylor committed the crime while on parole for a robbery in Cleveland, so the rest of his five-year prison term for that crime will be added to the term handed down by Judge Cronin, said Martin P. Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor. Desmond said Baylor will serve 12 years in prison less a few days credit for time served in Mahoning County jail.
Judge Cronin said Baylor was released from prison on parole Feb. 1, 2005, and he committed the aggravated robbery here May 12. A grand jury returned an indictment against him in June.
Judge Cronin said Baylor needed $13 in bus fare to return to Cleveland. He went to a couple of charitable organizations to ask for the money, but could not get it.
He then pulled a knife on a woman on West Federal Street who was headed to work downtown and took her purse.
Desmond said a witness saw the robbery and phoned police. Police eventually caught Baylor, who admitted he was the one who committed the crime and took police to where he dumped the purse.
In another sentencing, Judge Maureen A. Sweeney sent Tekquan Alexander, 27, of Cambridge Avenue to prison for three years on a charge of illegal possession of a weapon.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in April. A plea-bargained agreement resulted in the dismissal of a second charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Police caught Alexander with a 9mm handgun last year. He was convicted in 2001 on a drug possession charge, and state law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing a firearm.