19-year-old Youngstown gang member headed to prison

YOUNGSTOWN — A 19-year-old member of a gang that was involved in a violent melee in the parking lot of a city school that was recorded and uploaded to Youtube will be spending several years behind bars.

Christian Oliver, 19, of East Delason, was on trial before a jury in the courtroom of Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court last week. The jury found him guilty of illegal conveyance of items onto the grounds of a detention facility, possession of cocaine, perjury and taking part in a criminal gang.

Martin Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor, said Oliver is a member of the Boss Boys Squad, a gang of about 25 people operating on the city's South Side.

Oliver appeared before Judge Evans for sentencing this morning. The judge handed down a nine-year sentence on the four felony charges.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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