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Woman sentenced in fight that injured Youngstown cop



Published: Wed, February 8, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

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Littlejohn

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By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

One of six women charged with injuring a Youngstown police officer during a fight will spend a year in prison.

Briyanna Littlejohn, 21, of Eastway Drive, appeared Tuesday before Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for sentencing.

She previously had pleaded guilty to felony charges of assault and aggravated riot.

The charges against Littlejohn stem from an altercation between two carloads of women in March 2011. Youngstown Police Officer Bridget Quinn responded to the call for a disturbance and was injured breaking up the fight.

Quinn said she arrived at the location to find several woman standing outside of two cars engaged in a verbal altercation. She said she tried to separate the women, but Briyanna Littlejohn tried to attack one of the other women, leading to a melee.

Multiple women at the scene began to fight with the officer, but Littlejohn was deemed the primary aggressor.

Quinn, who spoke at the sentencing, told the judge the incident has taken a toll on her physically and emotionally. The officer said she has lost 30 pounds.

“I was there to make peace. I was there to break this up, and I became the victim,” she said.

Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor, said the case against Littlejohn and the five other women is a situation where a message must be sent to the general public.

“It is important to protect those who protect us,” he said. “This is the type of case where a message has to be sent to the general public that you don’t do this to a police officer.”

Littlejohn told the court it was never her intention to hurt Quinn. She said she was trying to defend herself in the fight and did not realize there was a police officer grabbing her.

“My intention was not to hurt the officer. Who would hurt a police officer?” she said.

Littlejohn said she has lost her full-time job, home and car as a result of the incident.

Atty. Kara Stanford, representing Littlejohn, asked for probation for her client, saying Littlejohn has entered job-training courses, is studying for her General Educational Development diploma and would like anger-management training.

Judge Durkin said Littlejohn could have avoided the situation if she simply had done as she was told by Quinn and other officers at the scene.

“It was the position of prosecutors that you were the primary individual responsible. ... She [Quinn] afforded everyone the opportunity to get back in their cars and you did not do that,” he said. “When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Had you done that, you would not be standing here.”

Judge Durkin handed down a one-year sentence on each of the felony counts to be served concurrently. He also ordered Littlejohn to take part in anger-management training.

Jenicia Abrams, 19, of Parkwood Avenue, another woman involved in the fight, was sentenced to an 18-month probation last week. Her sister Jamalia Abrams, 21, of Logan Avenue, was also involved in the melee but may have additional legal troubles after another arrest earlier this week.

Police charged Jamalia Abrams with driving under suspension Saturday in Youngstown.

She has a pretrial hearing before Judge Durkin in the assault case March 15. She is due in Youngstown Municipal Court on March 21 on the DUS charge.

Brittany Littlejohn, Briyanna’s sister, Ronisha Harris and Alicia Davis, the remaining defendants in the assault case, also are due in common pleas court March 15.


Comments

1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Typical hood rats , if the Judge wanted to send a real message, he should of sentenced her to consecutive sentences.

First put them in a stockade outside the courthouse, and with all the rotten produce from all the local grocery stores, have the general public throw the produce at them for the day, then let them do their time.

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2db(280 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

ghetto scum.

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3lumper(281 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

wow 30 pounds. definitely a "Biggest Loser"

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4palbubba(664 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"if the Judge wanted to send a real message, he should of sentenced her to consecutive sentences." posted by whitesabbath is spot on. The judge says they have to protect the officers, which is correct, but how about the tax payers safety? They are the ones paying the bills. Just keep slapping them on the wrist and send them back on the street to again terrorize the bill paying public.

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5kensgirl(572 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey lumper - when was the last fist fight YOU got into? They're not fun - especially when you're outnumbered. I tell the public to spend just one night in a Youngstown cruiser. It's like spending a night in Viet Nam. Your comment was not appreciated.

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6Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Briyanna, Jenicia, Jamalia, Ronisha - Enough said.

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7stewie(108 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Should have shot her ghetto a$$ .

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8Gam1225(7 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

No one commenting knows either of the two young ladies. Your very quick to JUDGE. I will then assume I am speaking to God since he is the ONLY person that can JUDGE. Dear God its amazing how our so called brothers and sisters (you know the good Christians that comment here)would rather belittle and even go as far as to wish death on another child of God!! Never crossed their minds to lend a helping hand. Mentor, Voulenteer, Teach or honestly just care.
What they have done is become self rightious because they no longer live in the City. These are the GOOD People of the Steel mill error who sat quietly by and let the industry that fueled the community fall by the wayside.They are also the ones who voted in the really worthless politicians that lined their pockets instead of the streets. These children are a product of an enviornment that provides absolutely nothing for it's young!!! I will say this Good People the saying "Each one Teach one or even it takes a Villiage" HAS BEEN WASTED ON THE COMMENTORS.
The question is where were the parents?
Littlejohns? Abrams? Your child is a reflection of you!Once again where are the parents? Maybe holding them accountable and them doing time instead of the child would change the out come of the product they produce. I'm just saying!!

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9whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Gam = keep talking to GOD let us know who's going to hell thanks. Glad you have a direct line......... just saying <----- that reflects your mentality.

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10Gam1225(7 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@white sabboth......Let me put this in terms you will understand since it is plainly obvious you have a serious comprehension problem. 'GET OFF YOUR CRITICIZING AZZ AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR SELF!!! As for the direct line don't you wish!!!

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11whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Go thump your bleeding heart somewhere else. Helped change a elderly ladies truck tire today does that count SAINT GAM.

What you do today besides spew your wrath.

Weak minded people....

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12lumper(281 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

i apologize to ms. quinn. i misread the article and thought the multiwigcolored derelict was complaining about how upset her life was since she committed the crime. no disrespect to the police.

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13kensgirl(572 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

lumper - thanks for the apology. That took a lot of guts . You're o.k..

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14Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

gam

Excuses, excuses and more excuses. A community should NOT have to raise someones kids. If the mother wants to have sex and bring kids into this world, then she should be held RESPONSIBLE! Not the community. Quit having babies if you can't raise them yourself! Real easy.

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15chaneygrad(16 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Gam1225: "The question is where were the parents?
Littlejohns? Abrams? Your child is a reflection of you!Once again where are the parents? Maybe holding them accountable and them doing time instead of the child would change the out come of the product they produce. I'm just saying!!"

@Lifes2Short
Isn't that what she said? The point wasn't that the community should be responsible but rather that getting online and being just as ignorant and disrespectful as Ms. Littlejohn was, is not the solution to the problem.

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16Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

grad

Then what is this outburst from gam.....

Never crossed their minds to lend a helping hand. Mentor, Voulenteer, Teach or honestly just care.
What they have done is become self rightious because they no longer live in the City. These are the GOOD People of the Steel mill error who sat quietly by and let the industry that fueled the community fall by the wayside.They are also the ones who voted in the really worthless politicians that lined their pockets instead of the streets. These children are a product of an enviornment that provides absolutely nothing for it's young!!! I will say this Good People the saying "Each one Teach one or even it takes a Villiage" HAS BEEN WASTED ON THE COMMENTORS.

Sounds to me like "Excuses" not sure about you....

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17jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

“My intention was not to hurt the officer. Who would hurt a police officer?”

I guess your DUMB A$$....

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18chaneygrad(16 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@Lifes2Short
The purpose was just as I stated. It's useless to get online and be condescending and racist. If you feel that passionately about the problem, participate in the solution.

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