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Mahoning prosecutor recommends 6-year prison term for man charged in 3 murders

Published: Tue, March 27, 2012 @ 4:55 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN —Keilan Clinkscale, 22, of Youngstown, originally charged with three counts of murder for two separate shootings — one in 2009 and two others in 2011 — will likely spend a total of six years in prison.

This week, Clinkscale entered into a plea agreement with Mahoning County prosecutors amending the murder charges against him in both cases to reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter both with firearm specifications.

Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor, said prosecutors, under the terms of the plea agreement, will recommend a four-year prison term, plus two years for the gun specifications.

Judge John M. Durkin of common pleas court will sentence Clinkscale, who is defended by Atty. Anthony Meranto, on April 10.

Judge Durkin does not have to follow the sentencing recommendation offered by prosecutors.

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1fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 3 years ago

6 years for 2 lives....what a joke...come on judge durkin....give em' the max

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2oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years ago

I am so glad I dont live in Y-town any longer...What a joke that town is

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3Ytownnative(1103 comments)posted 3 years ago

That would be Mr Gains at work I am glad I didnt vote for him. Life is getting cheaper here in the city

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4USMC0331(151 comments)posted 3 years ago

That's what I tell people. If you want to kill someone come to Mahoning county/Youngstown. Only place in the world you can do so and get a light prison term and or probation!! Unbelievable!! Once again way to go Mahoning county prosecution!! And the judges let it happen!!

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5reddragon88(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

When this murderer gets out and kills again this prosecutor and judge should be charged with being accessories to murder and aiding and abetting a murderer among other charges and thrown in PRISON to rot among their fellow criminals! This is arrogant corruption in our FACES! We WILL put a stop to this by making them accountable!

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago

Simply disgusting. 3 lives lost because of this pitiful cockroach and he's only getting 6 years! What a slap in the face to the families and friends of the deceased. How in the h?@# can these Youngstown Prosecutors and Judges sleep at night. Amazing.

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7Ytownnative(1103 comments)posted 3 years ago

it wasnt the city prosecuters it was the county Mr Gains and company

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8CantStandYa(176 comments)posted 3 years ago

I really hope this is a typo and a 0 is missing after that 6. if not, then Mr Prosecutor.....


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9joydav(41 comments)posted 3 years ago

WOW!!!, is all I can say. How can you give someone four years for human lives and two for the use of a gun that probably wasn't registered anywhere? So, I would like to know who some of the people that voted Gaines back into office were so I could ask, Is this what you were hoping for in a prosecutor? What a freaking shame. I wonder if the prosecutors office reads these blogs?

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10WilliamP(69 comments)posted 3 years ago

Youngstown deserves what Youngstown gets. That's what you get for continually putting into office the clowns that you do, year in and year out. Leaving the Valley was the best decision I ever made. It's astonishing when you come to the realization of how entirely dysfunctional and depraved Youngstown really is once you've been gone a while and had an opportunity to live in civilization.

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11NilesOhio(819 comments)posted 3 years ago

Not sure how shooting into a house, knowing people are inside, is deemed "involuntary manslaughter." Sounded very voluntary to me.

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12BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 3 years ago

What kind of IDIOTS are working down there??? This man should be looking at nothing less than a LIFE in prison. I see that taking a life in Mahoning County means absolutely nothing to the prosecutors office.

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13Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


"" It's astonishing when you come to the realization of how entirely dysfunctional and depraved Youngstown really is once you've been gone a while and had an opportunity to live in civilization.""

And you live in Paradise, huh? Your town is squeaky clean and has no problems. It's the same everywhere.

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14DwightK(1353 comments)posted 3 years ago

What the heck is Gains doing down there in the prosecutor's office? I can't wait to hear his excuse for this cluster. If he has the courage to address it at all.

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15WilliamP(69 comments)posted 3 years ago

No, it's really not the same everywhere. That's what I'm talking about. Until you get away you think that it is the same everywhere. Youngstown really is an awful, God-forsaken place. It's unfortunate, but it's true. There are actually nice urban areas in this country. Youngstown, however, surely isn't one of them.

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16Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


"Until you get away you think that it is the same everywhere."

Been there, done that, and brought the T-shirt. It's the same. Lived just about everywhere from being in the Navy to different jobs in different places. Bottom line, there is no paradise, every town has it faults and Youngstown is just one little grain of sand on the beach.

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17USMC0331(151 comments)posted 3 years ago


I agree. I just think Youngstown looks so bad because we're on a smaller scale. Our crime compared to the amount of people we have makes it look pretty bad. The murders are up this year and most of them are babies killing babies.

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