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Career criminal accepts plea deal

Published: Tue, June 18, 2013 @ 11:58 a.m.

BOARDMAN — Steven Direnzo, who authorities have labeled a career criminal, accepted a plea agreement today in Mahoning County Area Court here in front of Judge Joseph M. Houser.

The felony charge of tampering with evidence was bound over to the county grand jury as Direnzo waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

The state dismissed the misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property, said Atty. Ron Knickerbocker, Direnzo's lawyer.

"[Direnzo's] entering a plea of guilty on one count, driving under the influence," Knickerbocker said.

Direnzo was fined $525 dollars plus court costs. He has 30 days to pay the fine, Judge Houser said. The judge also sentenced Direnzo to 180 days in jail, 170 being suspended, and six-month of probation subject to a two-year suspension of his driver's license.

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1123goz(512 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

This article can not be correct, can it?
This is an insult to the citizens. All he is going to do is steal more stuff to pay the fines.
Nice move DA office. Why did you even bother with this?

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2AtownParent(561 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Wait, what? How is this justice?

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3Ytownnative(1011 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm not sure but I think he is still facing the felony its been bound over to the grand jury.

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4123goz(512 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Ytown, you are correct about the felony. But, they are making deals now, and there will be a deal then too.
He can't get time for past crimes now, and only up to 36 mo. for the tampering. I don't know if the judge can add time for a clear pattern of life or not, but since he was given just a slap for the plead, I don't see extra time happening. He should have been charged with everything.

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