Youngstown man gets 4-year prison term for robbery at Boardman IHOP

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge gave a tongue lashing to a man before he sentenced him to a four-year prison term for his role in the robbery of a Boardman restaurant employee earlier this year.

Dwayne Lamont Townsend Jr., 22, of Youngstown, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of robbery outside the International House of Pancakes on U.S. Route 224 restaurant. He appeared today before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum for sentencing of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Townsend, represented by Atty. David Betras, read a prepared statement, but was quickly interrupted by the judge concerning some of the wording in the statement.

“I just want to give my sincerest apology to you and the city for any inconvenience I caused. This is a mistake I made and will not make again...” was as far as Townsend got in his statement before Judge Krichbaum interrupted.

“This is a deliberate, vicious and dangerous act you did; it’s not a mistake,” the judge said. “When you characterize it that way it offends me. Don’t call this a mistake. It offends me and offends my intelligence.”

Townsend went on to apologize and told the judge he will not appear him again for any future crimes.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and

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