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

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.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and

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