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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.

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