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3 appear in court on charges of murder

Published: Wed, June 8, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.


Dionte Robinson


Curtis Jones


Devante Gilmore

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

and Peter Milliken



Three men charged with murder appeared before a Mahoning County magistrate Tuesday, and police are still looking for those responsible for the city’s latest homicide.

Addrine Johnson, 38, of East Boston Avenue, died instantly of multiple gunshot wounds to the head Friday. The car he was driving crashed at 2:38 p.m. into a porch ramp and a tree in the 100 block of St. Louis Avenue on the city’s South Side.

The police department’s Capt. Rod Foley said detectives are working to piece together the final day of Johnson’s life to determine who he may have been in contact with in those last hours. He is asking that anyone with information call 330-746-CLUE and assist officers in solving the crime.

Johnson was a resident of the Community Corrections Association on Market Street, and was free on a day-release pass when he was killed.

Johnson received the pass to conduct a job search, but he was to be driven by his wife, who, in violation of the pass authorization, was not with him when he was shot as he drove along St. Louis Avenue, said Richard Billak, CCA director.

Those who are released on those passes are required to verify where they went to apply for a job upon their return, Billak said. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons requires inmates it releases to halfway houses such as CCA to gain employment, Billak said.

Johnson was sentenced to federal prison in October 2009 on an illegal gun-possession charge, released to CCA in April and scheduled to be released from CCA in October, Billak said.

Meanwhile, Dionte Robinson, 19, of Eliot Lane, appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Daniel P. Dascenzo of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on a murder charge. Robinson has been charged in the August 2010 shooting of Anthony Harrison, 20, of Chambers Street, Campbell.

Harrison was shot on Tremble Avenue near 13th Street while he and a friend were walking home from a church festival. Police have said the motive likely was robbery. The friend was shot in the leg.

Robinson walked into court wearing black pants and a black polo shirt with gray tennis shoes, but ultimately was led away from the courtroom wearing handcuffs and headed for the county jail. He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and his bond was set at $300,000.

Robinson is scheduled to appear Tuesday before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. His trial date has been tentatively set for June 27.

Curtis Jones, 18, of Maplewood Avenue, and Devante Gilmore, 18, of Brockway Avenue, also appeared before the magistrate for arraignment on murder charges. They are charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old De’Vail Fleeton of the city’s North Side.

Fleeton was shot and killed while visiting a female friend on the East Side.

Witnesses told police five black men wearing black, hooded sweat shirts and red ball caps chased Fleeton on March 26 from the Plaza View Apartments across Stewart Avenue and McGuffey Road, firing at the teen as he ran. After he fell, the suspects ran back into Plaza View.

Fleeton had been shot once in the back and later died of that gunshot wound.

Bond for Jones and Gilmore has been set at $250,000. Both men are in county jail and scheduled to appear before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of common pleas court Friday.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

.......... More lives wasted ............

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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Just savages who will never be of any use or benefit to society.
If they are found guilty of gunning down a 16 year old boy who was running for his life over no doubt some petty incident that made this trio and the 4th member feel "dissed" execute them together and don't waste our tax dollars for 20 years feeding,housing and giving these subhumans medical care.

And why is one of these pugs running the streets with a murder charge hanging over his empty head ?
Once again we see the repeat offender doing more harm and taking another life.
It's no doubt a very fortunate thing Mrs.Johnson wasn't with her husband or she would have died that day as well.

I know you bleeding heart liberal fools don't want to believe that there are those who barely walk upright among us who are not worth the oxygen they use up.
They refuse to learn that killing and violence is not the solution to their problems mostly brought on by themselves and their want to be gangster thug punk life style.

It's disgraceful and most unfortunate that you and I will now be forced to support their wasteful,useless existance behind bars when so much money is needed for worthwhile causes that go underfunded

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The lifestyle in the hood is all about freedom . They are not encumbered with jobs or any sense of responsibility . Their main concern is that the dope dealer doesn't run short .

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