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Man to be released in car-dragging death after only nine months

Published: Wed, February 23, 2011 @ 5:20 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The man responsible for the death of a 22-year-old pedestrian after he hit the man and dragged him under his car will be released from prison on probation after serving nine months in prison.

A judicial-release hearing for Bryce D. Burke, 28, of Mercedes Place, was today before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Burke, through his attorney J. Gerald Ingram, filed a motion for judicial release Dec. 3.

Rosemarie Culp, mother of victim Andrew Culp of Columbiana, pleaded with the court asking that Burke be made to serve the entire three-year sentence imposed on him in May. She came to the court armed with signatures from 80 people who wanted to see Burke remain behind bars.

“I mean no disrespect to anyone in this courtroom, but honestly, your honor, would a nine-month sentence be considered justice if this were your child. ... Let him serve his three years in prison,” Rosemary Culp said.

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1Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Nine months??? Where is this judges head at? When this joker was told he had a body under his car did he call the police and wait for them? No the dam coward drove off with the body still under his car. Even 3 years wasn't long enough. I wonder how much the judge was paid for this. I pray this judge has to suffer the same fate with one of his kids or grandkids. Then see which side of his mouth he talks from.
This was wrong, wrong, wrong,

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2Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Now Now remember Mommy works for the court system

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3StuckInYoungstown(4 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

You know this kids mom threw my ass back in jail on a DUI because I COULDNT pay my fines. I know this kid personnaly from Boardman, and I will tell you his MOTHER doesnt deserve this. He's a good guy, BUT SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4StuckInYoungstown(4 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Who in the eff was this Judge, One of Youngstown Finest I'm Sure.....Sure was'nt the one with his own troubles with people with DUI's, Who ever this Judge is HE is flying in the face of everyone!!!! And I hope he gets shunned by his fellow Judges THAT ACTUALLY SIT ON THE BENCH TO SERVE THE PUBLIC NOT HIS MOM....

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5vinglass(287 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

This is DISGUSTING!! This is courthouse cronyism at its worst..... Judge Evans needs to explain his thinking. Did Ingram and Laura Burke influence him to release this scum??

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6Left2right4(35 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

This was so wrong. My sympathies to Rosemary Culp, for the injustice that has been shown to her and to her son. Judge Evans you make me ill.

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7believehalfofwhatusee(5 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

first of all it seems every case gets plea bargained by lazy or incompetent prosecutors. then this! justice must be for sale. this absolutely stinks. MAYBE THERE SHOULD BE RECALL PETITIONS CIRCULATED FOR THE PROSECUTOR AND SOME OF THESE JUDGES. apparently in Mahoning county you can hit someone with your car, drag them for 1/2 a mile, be told by another person that there is a BODY under your car, ignore all that and drive home.....and the penalty for all that is 9 months in jail and probation. what a crock! my heart goes out to the victim's family and friends.

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8north_side_girl(214 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

i went to school with andrew and his brothers, this is BS ... and purely a casualty of the overcrowded prisons.

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9vinglass(287 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Did anyone from the prosecuter's office raise an objection to this travesty? Folks, we need to remember this when it is time to vote!!

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10princesspeach(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Andrew was and will be forever be remembered as a great guy.He was always there for his friends and family. I have 1 question. Why does the lowest form of life get a second chance? No 1 can give Andrew a 2nd chance at anything. He was human and made mistakes like everyone else. He never made a mistake like the 1 one Bryce Made.The Punishment was basically a slap on the wrist. Just Proof that the justice System is backwards. IT seems to be more like the more money you have the easier the court system is on you, Well Andrew I as well as many others who's life you were a part of will miss and love you 4ever .Pray to God that you are at peace. Love ur Friends .

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11Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Here's praying the family of Andrew will take this slug Bryce to civil court. Make the scumbag pay one way or another.

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