Youngstown man indicted in ’03 slaying


STAFF REPORT

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man has been indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on aggravated murder and other charges in the December 2003 death of Robert Smith, 29, of Eliot Lane.

Damon Clark, 25, who has no home address, is accused in the killing of Smith during the theft of Smith’s car from a parking lot on North Garland Avenue. The car was found abandoned and burned at Salt Springs Road and Interstate 680 the next day.

Clark was indicted on one count of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and two counts of receiving stolen property.

A second person, Darrin L. Moore, 22, of Willis Avenue, was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and other charges in Smith’s murder in 2006, but Vindicator records show the case was sent back to common pleas court on appeal earlier this year, resulting in the dropping of aggravated-murder and aggravated-robbery charges against Moore.

Prosecutors said the charges would be filed again.

The grand jury also indicted six people in connection with an investigation into alleged corrupt activity at Fat Man’s Auto Sales on Canfield Road.

Authorities began an investigation there in 2008 after Youngstown police, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Ohio attorney general’s office received 28 complaints about the dealership, ranging from lack of vehicle titles to unpaid Ohio sales taxes.

The grand jury handed up a total of 139 counts in the case.

Indicted were: Michael Mrosko, 32,of Grandview Avenue, Struthers; Jonathan Smail, 24, of Jackson Street, Campbell; Paul Lacey, 51, of Rush Boulevard, Youngstown; Amber Emanuel, 24, of John Street, Struthers; James Boone, 52, of Lexington Avenue, Youngstown; and Daniel Sheehan, 58, of Parkcliff Street, Youngstown.

Mrosko was indicted on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 109 counts of theft, motor vehicle offenses, tampering with records or related offenses.

Smail was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 111 counts of theft, motor-vehicle offenses, tampering with records or related offenses.

Lacey was indicted on one count each of robbery, aggravated menacing, assault, convicted felon banned from having weapons and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Emanuel was indicted on a single count of motor-vehicle offenses.

Boone was indicted on a single count of tampering with records.

Sheehan was indicted on a single count of tampering with records.

Lacey appeared last week on an episode of “Judge Judy” in a case where his former fianc e sued him. The woman claimed that Lacey had repossessed her car that she bought at an unidentified Youngstown car lot and assaulted her. The judge dismissed the portion of the case involving the repossession as the woman admitted she hadn’t made car payments.

Judge Judy awarded the woman $100 for the assault.

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