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Home invader gets four years in prison

Published: Tue, December 31, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



A Campbell man who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and felonious assault in a Dec. 15, 2012, home invasion in Boardman has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Keymonnie Harris, 23, of Blackburn Street, drew the sentence Monday from Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

In a plea agreement, the prosecution dropped a second aggravated-robbery count and a kidnapping charge and all firearm specifications.

The charges stemmed from a shootout at a Terrace Drive home in which the homeowner told police he returned fire after a male invader fired at him.

Harris, who was shot twice in the arm and once in the head, was apprehended by police shortly thereafter near Southern Boulevard and Willow Drive.

A second defendant in the incident, Doretha Weston, 37, of Miller Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of robbery, and Judge D’Apolito sentenced her in September to one year of probation.

In Harris’ case, Judge D’Apolito followed the recommendation of Jeffrey R. Davis, an assistant county prosecutor, who called for a four-year prison term.

Davis agreed to stand silent concerning judicial release after one year if Harris behaves appropriately in prison.

Harris’ lawyer, Ronald D. Yarwood, asked for probation for his client, saying Harris regrets making a bad decision to commit his crimes and has a bullet lodged in his scalp as a “daily reminder of that poor judgment.”

“He is grateful that the only person that was hurt is him,” Yarwood said.

“That’s a very terrible punishment because you’re reliving that experience all over again,” Harris told the judge, referring to his having the bullet lodged in his head as a constant reminder of the home invasion.

“You’ve already won your life,” Judge D’Apolito said, adding that Harris or the homeowner could have been killed.

Harris will be on post-release control for five years after he leaves prison.


1polhack(129 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Four years for breaking into someone's home and shooting at them? Somebody dropped the ball on this bargain! "... a very terrible punishment..." Is the bullet in his scalp? It's probably the only gray matter in this jerks head. You can bet your last dollar that he's bragging that the bullet demonstrates how 'bad' he is for his bros in the slam. I hope the victim homeowner improves his aim in the year ahead.

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2southsidedave(5183 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

A bullet lodged in his scalp & 4 years in prison...will he learn anything from all of this? Doubtful.

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3youknow(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

this comment if for the wonderful polhack maybe if you actually got a life you would not sit and read to only respond negatively to every negative thing thats posted have you ever commented on any positive one umm doubt it . do you even know what gray matter in the brain's purpose is it sounds to me that you picked a word out of a medical terminology book and said umm let's go with that one this will work unless you where there when the incident occured you do not know what happened did you know that the man who shot him is a well known drug dealer, and he had drugs in his house at that time. people do lie... before you place judgement and use your racist slurs " his bros" really? on someone get your facts str8 oh im sorry is that too hood for you bra! have a wonderful year

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