Man gets 8-year prison sentence for robbery in which man died


YOUNGSTOWN — A city man who played a part in the robbery that led to the death of another man will spend the next eight years in prison.

Hassan Merriweather, 23, formerly of Rutledge Avenue, appeared before Judge Maureen Sweeney in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for sentencing on a charge of complicity to aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit given for the 510 days he has spent in the county jail.

Police said the investigation revealed that Merriweather took part in a planned robbery in which Demar Flores, 18, of Elliot Lane, was lured to a home on Rutledge that Merriweather shared with several other people. Police say someone called Flores to come to the home before Flores was shot multiple times March 17, 2008.

Sarah L. Beck, 38, also formerly of Rutledge Drive, pleaded guilty to complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to aggravated robbery in the robbery and shooting. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July.

Charles E. Smith Jr., 31, of East Florida Avenue, received a 13-year prison sentence for his role in the robbery and murder.

A jury acquitted another defendant, Reginald Gilchrist Jr., 26, of Mistletoe Avenue, of complicity to aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated robbery.

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