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Driver in thwarted robbery gets 28 to life



Published: Sat, February 4, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Dumas thanks judge for ‘appeal grounds’ in case in which off-duty cop shot robber

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The would-be getaway driver in the attempted robbery of Galaxy Seafood on Belmont Avenue that resulted in a fatal police shooting has been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

Nathaniel Dumas, 36, of East Florida Avenue, who was convicted by a jury Wednesday of murder and aggravated robbery with a firearm specification, drew the sentence Friday from Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

“I’ll be back,” Dumas told the judge. “I thank you for violating my rights and giving me appeal grounds.”

While working store security, city police officer Mike Walker fatally shot the alleged would-be armed robber, Warren V. Wright, 32, of Youngstown.

Dumas was charged with murder because the prosecution said he was Wright’s accomplice in the attempted robbery that resulted in Wright’s death on April 8, 2011.

With security provided by a sergeant and six deputy sheriffs, Dumas was present in the courtroom when Judge Evans gave him maximum consecutive sentences.

Dumas had watched his trial and jury verdict elsewhere in the courthouse via Skype because Judge Evans said he was potentially disruptive.

Rebecca Doherty, chief of the criminal division in the county prosecutor’s office, called for maximum consecutive sentences, saying Dumas had been to prison three times. His criminal record, dating back to 1995, includes charges of aggravated menacing, drug abuse, illegal gun possession and carrying a concealed weapon, she said.

However, Dumas’ lawyer, Mark Carfolo, asked the judge to consider imposing the minimum sentence, which would have been 18 years to life in prison.

Even according to the prosecution’s case, which Carfolo said was based on “very limited evidence,” Dumas provided only transportation, never entered Galaxy, never had or fired a gun, and never hurt anyone, Carfolo said.

In his request for a new trial, Dumas complained that the jury never saw and heard a recording of the complete statement of co-defendant James Thomas to Detective Darryl Martin, which Dumas said differed substantially from Thomas’ testimony in the trial.

“If that DVD would have been played, that jury would have found me not guilty,” Dumas said.

Doherty said Thomas, 51, of Belmont Avenue, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a firearm specification, rang the buzzer for Wright to gain admission to the store.

The prosecution recommended a low-end six-year prison term for Thomas in exchange for his testimony against Dumas.

When Dumas leaves prison, he’ll be on parole for five years, Judge Evans said.


Comments

1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Weapon or not , he knew the danger of what could have happened while he waited outside just like it did. He may as well have went in their and tried to do the robbery himself. He did the crime , now do the time. OHh well see you in twenty eight years. OH WELL

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2Photoman(1004 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

And the prosecution is only recommending six years for Thomas who went to the building and provided access to the store for Dumas? Something is very, very wrong here.

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3Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

"“I’ll be back,” Dumas told the judge. “I thank you for violating my rights and giving me appeal grounds.”"

Violating his rights? Is this loser really serious? 3 times in prison already and he still don't get it. Rot away idiot.

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4prodgodq(150 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

"And the prosecution is only recommending six years for Thomas who went to the building and provided access to the store for Dumas? Something is very, very wrong here."

....based on how the story reads, it sounds like Thomas testified against Dumas in return for a lesser sentence. It's perfect, but it's better than nothing.

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5Fred(130 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Hunger and cold drives the poor to desperation.

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6Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Fred you must not be aware of , food stamps , HEAP (cost reduction for heating) welfare , ADC , etc. etc. etc.
What we have is someone that does not want to carry their own weight in society, but would rather TAKE from others. This is a growing attitude in this country. If poor OL Dumas could have squirted out a few childrens the government would have just mailed him money and he could have just stayed home and wait for the free handout to arrive in the mail.

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7Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I THINK THIS MAY HAVE MORE TO DO WITH POOR COLD AND HUNGRY NATHANIEL DUMAS' PLIGHT.

Affl Party Type D.O.B Case Status Case Number
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 1996 CR 00338
DUMAS III, NATHANIEL DFNDT 11/09/1976 CLOSED 50 1997 CR 00998
DUMAS III, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 1997 CR 00999
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 1997 CR 01000
DUMAS III, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 1998 CA 00167
DUMAS JR, NATHANIEL DFNDT OPEN 50 1999 JD 00147
DUMAS JR, NATHANIEL DFNDT OPEN 50 2004 JD 00900
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2005 CR 01162
DUMAS JR, NATHANIEL DFNDT 02/07/1959 CLOSED 50 2005 CR B 00982 AUS
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2005 TR D 08425 AUS
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 2006 CV 04213
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT 03/28/1935 CLOSED 50 2007 CR 00888
DUMAS JR, NATHANIEL DFNDT OPEN 50 2007 JD 06365
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 MA 00050
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 MA 00061
DUMAS, NATHANIEL DFNDT 01/19/1976 OPEN 50 2011 CR 00429
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2003 CR 01280
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT CLOSED 50 2003 MA 00226
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2005 CR A 01104 BDM
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2005 CR B 01105 BDM
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT CLOSED 50 2006 MA 00036
DUMAS, NATHANIEL A DFNDT 01/19/1976 CLOSED 50 2011 CR B 00013 BDM

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8kensgirl(605 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Did he actually say "I'll be back?" We bet you will, right after you're released. I'll give you one day back on the streets Mr. Shrawtzenegger before you're picked up again. This is why free education doesn't work - it just breeds more morons like Mr. DUMASS. Now get to it and start making those license plates.

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9Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Fred, Fred, Fred, you poor misguided individual. No reason to take what is not yours, now is it?

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10tnmartin(234 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

at one time, we understood that the term "felony" implied a crime punishable by death. Quickly carried out. This mook should have been executed, publicly, LONG ago. He didn't learn the first or second or third time. Hang him. Today yet.

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