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Agee gets 40 years in killing of ‘special man’

Published: Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

Man sentenced in murder of Thomas Repchic, wounding of Repchic’s wife


Agee and his lawyers James Gentile, center, and Rhys Cartwright-Jones await the sentence of Judge Maureen A. Sweeney.

Agee gets nearly 40 years in killing of ‘amazing man’

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Kevin Agee said he is not responsible for the death of Thomas Repchic and wounding Repchic’s wife.

Family members of the Repchics, however, said Agee should be in prison for as long as possible.

By the end of the sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court informed Agee, 26, of Youngstown, he would be spending nearly four decades behind bars.

In April, a jury convicted Agee of murder, attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault, as well as all the firearm specifications that accompany those charges, in the murder of Repchic, 74, and the wounding of his wife, Jacqueline.

Thomas McBride, one of the Repchics’ grandsons, addressed the court before Agee’s sentencing. He spoke about the last time he saw his grandfather alive and the pain caused to the family after the shooting.

“I want the court to know what a special man my grandpa was and the effect he had on others. ... In my opinion, the world lost the most amazing man I have ever known,” McBride said. “Our only hope is that [you] impose the maximum penalty on this man who has shown no remorse so that he can never cause another family this much pain.”

Police said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. They allege Agee and his 30-year-old co-defendant, Aubrey Toney of Youngstown, were looking to shoot two other men who drove a car similar to the Repchics’ in September 2010.

Toney is set to go on trial in October. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Agee told the court he is sorry the Repchic family has been caused such a tremendous amount of pain.

“I am not responsible. I will never claim responsibility and will continue to fight for my freedom,” he said. “I am remorseful. This is not something a family should have to go through. I have a mother and a grandmother, too. This is not something anyone should have to go through.”

Dawn Cantalamessa, an assistant county prosecutor, asked Judge Sweeney to impose consecutive maximum sentences on each of the charges against Agee.

Atty. Rhys Cartwright-Jones, representing Agee, told the judge maximum consecutive sentences are not what she should impose because some of the charges should merge for the sake of sentencing, resulting in less prison time for his client.

Atty. James Gentile, also representing Agee, reminded the court of an accident that left Agee blind in one eye and another accident, when he was 19, that almost killed him and left him mentally damaged. Gentile also told the court his client is remorseful.

Judge Sweeney decided not to merge sentences for any of the gun specifications against Agee, but did merge sentences for the two felonious-assault charges. The end result is a sentence of 39 years to life for Agee.

He will receive credit for the time he has spent in the county jail before and after his conviction.


1jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I don't care how remorseful Agee is. An innocent man is dead and his widow severely injured. He should die.

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully this menace to society will die in prison.

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3NoBS(2761 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Agee was part of the 'crew' that murdered a man and tried to murder his wife, because they drove a car similar to one of their thug associates. If these morons can't tell the difference between a black gang-banger and an elderly white couple, then nobody - of any color - is safe driving down the road. They need to be put away forever.

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4CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Remorseful, but not responsible?

Please, please let this slow, one eyed gangbanger do the whole sentence.

Cold hard fact is that he wont. He will do six or seven years before his sentence will get cut, Just like every other thug life hood rat that the Mahoning county justice system tries to put away and then lets out early.

They got their headline though.

Fingers crossed that he gets killed in prison.

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

He will continue to have the best of care and designer hairdo's for the next 39 years, thanks to the generosity from citizens of The Valley.

What is the current rate to house a criminal in prison ...$35,000 per year? That's $1,365,000 for the next 39 years. Did someone say there are 50 more like him walking the streets? How much more of this can we afford?

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6NoBS(2761 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Vindyak, how many bullets can we buy for that kind of money?

Problem solved, once and for all.

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7drpautot(70 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

rope and ladders are pretty cheap....

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8anothermike(226 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"NoBs" is correct...no one is safe against idiots like this. The judge should have added five years to the sentence for anyone stupid enough to think GM only built one model Cadillac of that color and trim......

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9redvert(2239 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"rope and ladders are pretty cheap"....and reusable!

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10VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Let me see...a bullet goes for about a dollar each now a days...unless its a .22, which can do the job just as good for a lot less money.

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11Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"Atty. James Gentile, also representing Agee, reminded the court of an accident that left Agee blind in one eye and another accident, when he was 19, that almost killed him and left him mentally damaged. Gentile also told the court his client is remorseful.""

That didn't stop him from being a wanna b gangsta and leading that life. Mentally damaged? We all are in some capacity but we don't go murdering Innocent people. Remorseful? Ha, only because he got caught.

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12molly(20 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

My brother was involved in something similar. He has been in prison for 19 years and counting... If you are running around treating others' lives as though they are inferior to yours and that you are somehow owed something to the point of violence, YOU NEED TO BE LOCKED UP. Remorseful but not responsible? Does this fool own a dictionary?! As I said... LOCKED UP!

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13LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Leave murder to the murderers. The state that represents me should never apply state sanctioned murder themselves or they become no better.

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14Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

such a spiffy hairdo in prison
Right !!!!! That hair cut looks like it must be done with a razor. I'm guessing???? How do they get razors in jail ?????

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15grg019(34 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

This clown says he has remorse? I guarantee had they got the right people, that BS about remorse wouldn't have crossed his mind! GET A LIFE! oh my bad he already has life!

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