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Two plead guilty to reduced charge in January shooting death

Published: Tue, June 29, 2010 @ 4:39 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Two city residents pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in a Jan. 2 homicide on the city’s North Side.

Jerrell R. Womack, 20, of Oak Street, and Sheridan L. Tubbs, 21, of Silliman Street, entered their pleas today in the death of Dene R. Montgomery, 30, of Wesley Avenue, who was shot in the back of the head in the living room of 232 Lora Ave.

Womack also pleaded guilty to a firearm specification that will add a mandatory, consecutive three years to whatever prison term he gets on the manslaughter charge. The sentencing range on the manslaughter charge is three to 10 years in prison.

The prosecution and defense have agreed to total prison terms of seven years for Womack and three years for Tubbs.

Those sentences will be non-appealable if Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court adopts them at the Aug. 24 sentencings, which will be at 8:30 and 9 a.m., respectively.

Both defendants originally were charged with aggravated murder.

The prosecution dropped an aggravated robbery charge that accused both defendants of robbing Montgomery in conjunction with killing him.

Womack and Tubbs will be on parole for up to five years after serving their prison terms.


1yeahright(20 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Seven and three years each. Hey Gains--When are you going to start doing your job and have the gonads to take murderers to trial so they can get real sentences? No wonder the crime rate in Mahoning County is higher than Trumbull. At least Watkins will take a chance with a jury!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

"The prosecution dropped an aggravated robbery charge that accused both defendants of robbing Montgomery in conjunction with killing him."

That's cool as robbery is a way of life in Youngstown . I now see that it isn't illegal .

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

20 and 21 year olds committing cold blooded murder and get a slap on the wrist. Unreal.

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4dtatum1989(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

i am sick to my stomach about the fact that my aunt ( you is denes mother) may go to the store in 3 perhaps7 years and see those little boys who killed her son. what kind of justice is that. this is the percise reason i hailed tail out of youngstown the first chance i got after graduating from high school in 2007. my heart his with my family and i hope to goodness someone takes care of them behind bars.

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5bigmamma4383(16 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

thank you onthetown i will do this thanks again

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