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Convicted 52 times, man gets 10 years

Published: Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.


Michael D. Freeman

Staff report


Michael D. Freeman, 49, who has lived at a variety of addresses throughout the Mahoning Valley and in Pennsylvania and been convicted of criminal offenses at least 52 times in the last 30 years, will spend the next 10 years in a prison cell.

He received his sentence Monday in the courtroom of Judge Peter Kontos in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Freeman was convicted during a jury trial last month of aggravated robbery for stealing an MP3 player from Sears in the Eastwood Mall on Dec. 21, 2010, and threatening two Sears loss-prevention officers with a box cutter in the hallway outside the store.

The MP3 player later was recovered in the mall parking lot not far from where police found Freeman.

Chris Becker, an assistant county prosecutor, said Freeman’s previous criminal history includes convictions for theft in Boardman in 2002, passing bad checks in Boardman in 2003, burglary in Mahoning County in 2003, assault in Warren in 2009, and thefts in Pennsylvania in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge James C. Evans sentenced Freeman to one year in prison in 2004 on burglary, theft and forgery charges.


1cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Why Does Our Court System Play With These Losers, Throw Away The Key , He Is Not Going To Change, Once a Thief Always a Thief. Where are you Idiots Brain Cell????? DAH !

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Surprised they didn't portray him as having a bad childhood, grew up in violence, and on and on and on. 49 years old you know better.

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3oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I dunno , He looks a little mentally challanged to me

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4One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

He just got shafted by a bad public defender. . . . . .52 times. In-freakin-credible.

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

There are at least a couple of good reasons why. Society today feels a person deserves a second chance, and Freeman has used this second chance theory 52 times.

The other reason is, our jails and prisons are so full, we cannot possibly keep every criminal locked up, fed, housed and cared for better than we care for our seniors forever. So, we release them and hope upon hope they will rehabilitate themselves. What a waste of time.

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6boots109(81 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

lets see what the latest thief mahoning just caught..(bruno) of boardman..burgular..mahoning co..
i called my friend..lives in green township..mahoning co..he said goshen ( which patrols now) used to be mah,,co.sheriff..anyhow 38 breaks ins in a month...he just got hit at his house..called goshen 2 days ago,and they have not shown up yet for report..let alone look for fingerprints...and it looks like it will get worse...and the gov..is more interested in handing out more money for the lazy welfare bums than protecting tax payers...
mah..co..democrates ..the pres..has done nothing for your town..please remember that in 2 yrs...

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

We should not come down on Michael D. Freeman as he is a true pillar of the subculture and deserves some respect . He has freed himself from the yoke of employment and was a free man enslaved to no one . Donors gave him everything that he needed or ever wanted .

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8palbubba(794 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Why does this report not include what the maximum sentence could have been? Because the Vindy is sooo bad that is why. Having made the taxpayers spend all the extra money to go through a jury trial, this pillar of society should have received the maximum sentence allowed by law. The judges are becoming no more than enablers, certainly not protectors of the innocent.

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9walter_sobchak(2631 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, I got it now! 52 times isn't that bad, but don't get convicted a 53rd time. That's when the real sentence will kick in.

Obviously, it was the threatening with the box cutter that finally drew the attaention of the legal system that this man is dangerous.

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10fedupwithcrap(317 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Why is it that I can't make a comment on the Jamie Ludt story? So are you telling me that the Vindy is stopping my freedom of speech too?

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11ytown1(398 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

fedupwithcrap, You cannot be serious, I was amazed that they let you go on as long as you and your buddy did , or is both of those you Jamie? Multiple personality syndrome?

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12fedupwithcrap(317 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

fedupwithcrap (anonymous) says...
Lets go back as far as 2007, as people have claimed on here, that Ludt edits his videos. And see as this video was clearly not edited, and he got the eyewitnesses right then and there that Pat Bundy, Captain, came to Ludts house cussing at him!! The minutes and seconds are clearly on this tape!!

You watch this video, Captain Bundy sent pictures of Jamie Ludt and his underage son to his house, does this now make him a pedophile for taking pictures of underage children? (Charlie Sheen syndrome winning)

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13seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years ago

Hil-frickin-arious...typical lack of judgement in Mahoning Valley as this lifetime achievement felon exacted his crimes. Looks like there are more juris deficients in PA, not just in Mahining County. 53 frickin times? Are you kidding me? All parties involved, at minimum from robbery #15 and on, should be disbarred for total incompetance and stupidity. Now the taxpayers can ante up for 10 years of housing, feeding and providing 52" flat screen television for this piece of sh-- after how many dollars of court costs and attorney fees?...

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