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Paul Brooks gets prison term for robbing Boardman Realtor

Published: Tue, February 12, 2013 @ 10:33 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Paul Brooks has admitted his role in the robbery of a Boardman Realtor more than two years ago and will now spend the next 11 years behind bars.

Brooks, 30, of Youngstown, in an agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery with a gun specification and one count kidnapping. He appeared for sentencing today before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Brooks and his brother Robert Brooks, 28, also of Youngstown, were accused of robbing a female real-estate agent at gunpoint in September 2010 when she showed them an apartment at 4020 Hillman Way.

The robbery led to another attack on a local real-estate agent that shocked the community only weeks after the Boardman robbery.

Robert Brooks is charged in connection with the murder of Vivian Martin, 67, who was found in a burning home at 3660 Nelson Ave. on the city's East Side. Police believe Martin was attacked when showing the house to Brooks and another man. Paul Brooks is not implicated in that homicide.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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