Two men convicted in slaying of teen
The men, who will be sentenced Thursday, face 20 years to life in prison for shooting a teenager.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two city men were found guilty of aggravated murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a teenager 18 months ago.
A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for almost three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Stephan Breedlove and Glenn R. Scott in the killing of 16-year-old James Revere on Nov. 23, 2003, as he sat in his car on Hayman Street.
Both men were also found guilty of gun specifications in the crime.
A third defendant, Keon L. Richardson, will go on trial in August.
Tuesday's convictions carry a sentence of from 20 years to life, with five years added to the sentences for committing the crime by shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle.
Breedlove, 20, and Scott, 22, would be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
Formal sentencing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Judge Jack M. Durkin's courtroom.
County Prosecutor Tim Franken said that the state was able to build an effective case against the two men with the help of eyewitness testimony.
"It was very important in this case," Franken said. "The witnesses, even the ones who were terrified to come here, came through. And the Youngstown Police Department did a good, thorough job in the investigation."
Appealing the convictions
Defense attorneys Ted Macejko Jr., representing Scott, and Louis DeFabio, representing Breedlove, both said their clients planned to appeal their convictions.
"I'm absolutely disappointed," Macejko said. "I felt that there were real contradictions in the eyewitness testimony, and one that couldn't identify [Scott]. Witnesses have been known to be mistaken, but the jury obviously chose to believe their testimony."
DeFabio said he would file motions Thursday related to the pairing of Breedlove with Scott in concurrent trials. He said it created several situations which allowed jurors to hear some evidence that was relevant only to charges against Scott, but not Breedlove.
Breedlove did not testify on his own behalf.
"We are obviously disappointed, and I plan to take it on to the court of appeals," DeFabio said.