Brooks pleads guilty to robbing a real-estate agent

Staff report


Paul Brooks, 30, of Castalia Avenue has pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the Sept. 15, 2010, armed robbery of a real-estate agent in Boardman.

Brooks entered his plea Wednesday before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who will sentence him at 10 a.m. Feb. 12. The available sentencing range for him is six to 23 years in prison.

Paul Brooks and his brother, Robert S. Brooks, 28, also of Castalia Avenue, were charged in the robbery of the female real- estate agent as she showed them a Hillman Way apartment.

Robert Brooks and Grant P. Cooper, 23, of Sulgrave Drive, Brookfield, are charged with aggravated murder with death-penalty specifications, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and aggravated arson in the Sept. 20, 2010, death of Vivian Martin, a 67-year-old real-estate agent.

Martin’s badly burned body was found in a Nelson Avenue house she had listed for sale.

The court docket shows a Sept. 16 jury trial date for Robert Brooks, but no trial date is shown for Cooper.

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