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Charges changed in fatal shooting



Published: Tue, March 6, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Bond set at $1M for man; woman’s reduced to $20K

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police changed the charges against a woman accused in the shooting death of a man over stolen electricity last week, and a man arrested in the death is in jail on a $1 million bond.

Michael Paige, 20, of Bennington Ave-nue, appeared for arraign-ment Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court on an aggravated-murder charge.

Paige and Jasmin Fletcher, 21, of Lora Avenue, are charged in the shooting of Munir Blake, 31, also of Lora Avenue.

Fletcher had been charged with aggravated murder and placed in Mahoning County jail on a $1 million bond, but that charge was reduced to felony obstruction of justice Monday. Her bond has been reduced to $20,000.

Paige and Fletcher are cousins, said Fletcher’s father, Shawn Fletcher.

Police said Blake called police Wednesday to complain about Jasmin Fletcher stealing his electricity. Police came out to the Lora Avenue duplex and disconnected the illegal line the same day.

Fletcher, police said, then purchased another cord and was attempting to begin stealing Blake’s electricity again Thursday. When Blake confronted her, the shooting took place, police said.

According to prosecutors, Paige has given a full confession on videotape as to his role in Blake’s death. His confession led to the reduction in charges against Fletcher.

Shawn Fletcher said police have known about Paige’s involvement in the crime from the beginning and should have disclosed some of that information to save his daughter from harsh public scrutiny.

“The sad part about all this is that they [police] have really smeared our name,” he said. “I believe she should be given an apology for the way she has been portrayed. She has been painted as a monster, and that is not the case.”

Shawn Fletcher said he is happy his nephew came forward and told the truth about what took place at the duplex.

Paige has seen legal trouble and been the victim of past crimes both as a juvenile and an adult, including the victim of a shooting in 2009.

Court records show Paige as having been arrested for disorderly conduct when he was 12 and attending Youngstown schools. He was removed from a classroom for cursing a teacher and threatening to get a gun and killing the educator.

Police charged Paige again for disorderly conduct and assault on a teacher the following year when he was 13. In that case, he was accused of disruptive behavior and punching and spitting on a teacher.

When he was 17 in 2009, Paige also was listed as a suspect, along with several other juveniles, in the breaking and entering of a vacant house on Zents Avenue. In 2011, Paige was accused of smacking the mother of his child in the face and throwing the 21-year-old woman into a wall.

Paige also has been a crime victim.

According to police reports, Paige was assaulted by a man who held a steak knife to his neck when he was 15. He also was beaten and scratched by a 30-year-old woman during an argument when he was 16.

In 2009, Paige was shot once in the arm and grazed in the head by gunfire after arguing with two other male juveniles.


Comments

1palefoot(35 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

By all means, lets make sure this girl gets an apology! All she did was steal electricity and bring someone with her who has a gun and a history of violence to protect her while she did it. Seriously?!

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

SHE DOES NOT NEED AN APOLOGY, SHE HAD HER HANDS IN THIS . AS FAR AS BEING LABELED AS A MONSTER, SHE IS WHAT SHE IS.HER COUSIN MAY HAVE PULLED THE TRIGGER, BUT SHE WAS THE THIEF IN THIS SITUATION, AND TO KILL SOMEONE OVER WHAT THEY WERE PAYING FOR IS DOWN RIGHT DIRTY. A MANS LIFE HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM HIS FAMILY, SHE MUST PAY FOR HER CRIME, I DO NOT FEEL BAD FOR HER

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

A apology? Really. It amazes me the thinking of some people in society.

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4BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Can we say "Death Penalty Under The Family Plan"!!!!!! Put both of them on Death Row since they are both as guilty of taking the life of this FATHER who was taking care of his family by being responsible...

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5Reader(126 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

what a miscarriage of justice! Does anyone remember the local fish store attempted robbery where the security officer shot and killed the robber? His accomplice was charged with murder because he was complicit in the crime.
Why is this any different? She was the one stealing electricity, she made the choice to go get another extension cord for the purpose of stealing from the victim after the police were there. She is equally responsible for the death of this man and the fact that his kids now have no father. Rasie the bond, charge her accordingly and add the theft charges too!

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6boxerlover(127 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Bigdog, let's just say you and a brother, cousin, sister, mother, whatever were out and about. In a lapse of judgement moment you decide you like a hood ornament on a car and decide to take it. The owner sees you confronts you and your brother, cousin, sister, etc., and they pull out a gun and kill the car owner. Then runs and you tell the police what happened, but you are still charged with 1st degree murder, ostracized, tried, judged and convicted by a society that does not have any of the facts? Would that Death Penalty under the Family Plan fit for you? Think before you spew what you know nothing about.

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7Reader(126 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

boxerlover, that is a really bad comparison and holds no weight with me. First of all, a momentary lapse in judgement does not apply here. She already stole the electricity, the victim took the proper steps and contacted the police who stopped the crime. She made a choice to go back and reoffend. No momentary lapse in judgement when she went to the store to purchase the criminal tools to again steal electricity. She is the reason this crime happened and this man is dead. Your excuse is poor and your thought process is very lopsided

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8BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

SouthSide Res:

This case is still at the city level and has not been bound over to the county, therefore, it is Macejko's office that reduced the charges. Gains has not even been given the case yet.

You really should know and understand what you are talking about BEFORE you make statements about it.

BrothaLove

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9coolnumbers(63 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

When she gets out will she steal electricity again? Is it being stolen now?

Hey Vindy....take a look will ya?

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10Reader(126 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

if she gets out, will she be able to return to her house with no electric? This will be horrible for the widow and her children to have to see this monster next door. I am thinking the sight of her will give those kids nightmares and revictimize them all over again. There are plenty of charges that can be filed against this beast and I hope the vicitms family seeks a protection order from her so she will not be able to return to the neighborhood.

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11knamelis(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

An apology??!?!!?!!! I hope you and your daughter get cancer and die slow and painful. I hope she gives you 3 beautiful grandchildren and you watch them get shot to death you p.o.s. you'll get an apology the same day I have my friend back. Dirty p.o.s. couldn't pay for electricity? Where were you Mr father of the year? Your daughter took the life of a great man and incredible father so you can go jump off of a bridge. All your daughter had to do was ask Munir for help!!! Cops came and disconnected her ILLEGAL electric tap and she went and bought another cord? She brought her pussy cousin and his gun? Your daughter pulled the trigger and her p.o.s. cousin is taking the fall so I hope everyday he gets raped, is forced to deep throat and catches HIV. I hope you and every family member who supports her encounters nothing but pain and misery. If this was your son, father or husband you would feel this way.

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12knamelis(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Boxerlover: you need to practice what you preach you idiot. Munir Blake was shot to death in front of his children and his children point her out as the shooter so shut your mouth before telling someone else to. Think before you spew what you know nothing abut.

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13legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Geezus...I like him very much but he no help with curveball

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142cents(18 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

who the hell apologizes to the victims FIVE kids?!!! what a load of bullsh1t !!!

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15Outtatown2010(4 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

OBSTRUCTION what a JOKE! I am disgusted this monster had a role in the death of a GREAT MAN, Where is justice for Munir, his wife and kids! SHE was stealing, he confronted her, if she wasn't this would not have happened. SHE had her cousin there with guns she is an accomplice I PRAY hard these charges change!!! RIP Munir I will not apologize SHE is still GUILTY! Gun powder can be washed off she was on the run for how long..WAKE UP Youngstown! This could have been YOU or you're family member. Piece of crap deserves the ELECTRIC chair, Both of them!

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16kjmommy(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I am apauled at what our justice system calls justice!!! He was a good man and she get to go about her life! Really no other charges??? how about theft or if they are goin to let her family take the rap for somethin she did without any questions why not at least accomplice to murder? Wow I am so discusted! What about my friend losing our husband the children not havin there father me and countless others not havin there friend his family losing a part of them where is our appolagy you f* P.O.S!!!!!!!!!! Your daughter deserves somethin but it will never be an appolagy!!! tell me is this it this all we get or can do please tell me there is a way we can have more justice?

VINDY AND EVERYONE I ASK YOU PLEASE BRING MORE ATTENTION TO THIS BE OUTRAGED MAKE THIS CHANGE!!!

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