Judge goes one year over recommendation

By joe gorman



A man in jail charged with a September homicide was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday on a probation violation.

Theodore Alexander declined to say anything before he was sentenced by Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. He was accused of violating the terms of his probation after a 2011 conviction for felonious assault, for which he was placed on probation for five years.

Alexander, 57, is accused of murder in the Sept. 29 stabbing death of 28-year-old Ivan West of Liberty, who was found by officers in Alexander’s Hilton Avenue home about 1:15 a.m. He was questioned by police and released before he was indicted.

He was indicted on the charges Oct. 31.

One of his probation violations stems from the slaying because police questioned Alexander the morning they found West’s body, but Alexander never told probation officers he had contact with law enforcement, which is one of the conditions of his parole.

He also was accused of admitting to his probation officer Oct. 13 that he had used cocaine and marijuana — which also is a violation of his parole — and that he failed to report for drug and alcohol treatment.

His attorney, Ed Hartwig, said Alexander did complete two years of his probation and that he also had performed 250 hours of community service.

Hartwig and Rob Andrews, an assistant county prosecutor, had agreed on a three-year sentence, but Judge Sweeney imposed a four-year term. She did not explain why.

Alexander’s murder case has been assigned to Judge John Durkin. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Tuesday and a tentative trial date of Dec. 16 has been set.

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