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Clinkscale plea deal: 6 years?



Published: Wed, March 28, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m.

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Clinkscale

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

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 — likely will 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.

On Feb. 21, 2009, Melkanoe L. Bowman, 24, was shot in the head at a Delaware Avenue home. Police said the shooting was the result of a feud between Clinkscale of Coronado Avenue, his friends Ryan McGee, 22, Brandon T. Clinkscale, 24, and Charles C. Richardson, 24, and another group of individuals.

A county grand jury indicted Keilan Clinkscale, and the other three men, in February 2009 on charges murder and discharging a gun into Bowman’s North Side residence.

While out on bond awaiting trial on those charges related to Bowman’s death, police said Clinkscale was involved in two homicides on the North Side two years later.

On Aug. 6, 2011, officers responded to gunshots fired at a Wirt Street residence.

When they arrived, they found Jasmon Reeder, 19, of Superior Street, shot in the head. Oscar Teague, 56, owner of the house, was found shot in the back. Both men died as a result of their injuries.

Clinkscale was indicted on two counts of murder with firearm specifications and for illegal possession of a weapon for those shootings.

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.

If the recommendation is accepted by the court, Clinkscale will spend a total of six years in prison for all the charges against him.

Brevetta said prosecutors decided to enter into the plea agreement after looking at the evidence in the cases.

“We decided to do this due to the lack of physical evidence and the eyewitness testimony,” he said. “We knew he [Clinkscale] was shot in the leg at the scene [of one of the homicides], but we had nothing to put a weapon in his hand or to tie him directly to the crime. ... It was just more important to get him off the street.”

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.

Quentin T. Jones, 23, of Jackson Street, a co- defendant in the 2011 murder case, is still awaiting trial.


Comments

1fcb(313 comments)posted 2 years ago

Let's see: Three murder charges.Six years in prison. Yea right that's justice!!! Only in Youngstown!! And they wonder why there is so much crime in this town.What's happening now is that the judges,lawyer's and prosecutors are becoming just as big a criminal as the robbers,muggers, and murderers. WHAT A TOWN!!!

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2peggygurney(391 comments)posted 2 years ago

What the HELL is this?!?!?!? 6 YEARS for 3 murders?!?!?!? Where is the justice in that PAUL GAINS???

Yep, here's ol' "plead 'em down Paul" at work again. Of course there's so much crime in Youngstown. They KNOW they'll get only a slap on the wrist. AARRGGHH!

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3fogalert(4 comments)posted 2 years ago

That is absolutely ridiculous! The lives of his 3 victims were worth two years each. So in six years he'll get out and kill more people.

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4onlyinyoungstown(2 comments)posted 2 years ago

WOW !! HW DID THIS HAPPEN 3 MURDERS...HE TOOK A FATHER A SON A FRIEND ...NOT THAT IT DONT HAPPEN EVERDAY IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN TOWN.THAT SM1 PLAYS GOD AN TAKES PPL OUT LIKE WIPEING THERE ASS....BUT THIS WS A CLOSE 1.; MY GBABYS FATHER WHO SEE HER DADDY IN SPIRIT AN TALK'S TO HIM LIKE HE ISNT GONE AN CRY'S FOR HER DADDY ..WOW..HW CAN THIS BE..HE ANT EVEN GETTING 15 MONTH'S FOR 1 KILLING...6 FU....EN YR'S FOR 3...COME ON NOW...WERE IS THE JUSTICE....AN THERE WAS A WITNESS TO 1 MURDER...SMDH

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5onlyinyoungstown(2 comments)posted 2 years ago

I JUST CANT BELEVE THIS...KANO SON .; GOD WILL SEE JUSTICE...WE MISS YOU SO...SMH...I JUST CANT BELIVE THIS...6YR'S...FOR THREE MURDER'S..GOD PLEASE GIVE ME STRENGHT .; HOW IS THIS SO ? 3 KILLING'S AN THIS KILLER IS LOOKING AT 6 YR'S.......???????? WOW !!!!!!....

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6peggygurney(391 comments)posted 2 years ago

People need to storm the county prosecutors office and demand answers. Let them know that this crap is NOT acceptable and we won't stand for it.

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