Man gets 10-year sentence for his role in 2010 murder

Staff report


A 26-year-old man who was found guilty for his role in a 2010 city homicide was sentenced Thursday to spend the next decade behind bars.

Thomas Wright of Youngstown was charged with the murder of Rodney Weaver during a robbery on the city’s North Side.

Weaver, 25, of Catalina Avenue, was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Health Center just before 10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2010. He was found on the ground in front of a Lexington Avenue home, covered in blood from a gunshot wound, according to Vindicator files.

Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentenced Wright to serve seven years in prison on an aggravated-murder charge and seven years for the aggravated-robbery charge. The sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Wright also faced two gun specifications, which merged, and received three years, which must be served prior and consecutive to his seven-year sentence.

Elijah Alexander, 24, of Youngstown is the second defendant in the case of Weaver’s murder. Alexander had been scheduled for trial Oct. 9, but instead will be back in court Dec. 21 for a pretrial hearing in front of Judge Evans.

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