Woman gets probation in home invasion case

Staff report


A woman who was suspected in taking part in a home invasion in Boardman was placed on one year probation Wednesday.

Doretha Weston, 36, was sentenced by Judge Lou D’Apolito in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court after pleading to a reduced charge of robbery, a second degree felony, for a December home invasion on Terrace Drive. A co-defendant, Keymonnie Harris, 23, of Blackburn Street in Campbell, was wounded by the homeowner.

Harris’ case is set for a Sept. 30 pretrial hearing.

Prosecutors did not recommend a sentence and Weston has largely been trouble free as an adult, with only misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges on her record.

She told the judge she was staying out of trouble and she wanted to learn from the experience.

Judge D’Apolito said given her lack of a serious record she was a candidate for probation.

Weston was convicted in 2012 of obstructing official business and driving under suspension in Youngstown in a 2011 traffic stop in which Weston, the driver, and her passenger said two city police officers assaulted them.

Weston is a co-plaintiff in a civil lawsuit against the city of Youngstown and the two officers, which was filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court but moved to federal court. Court records show that case is heading to a mediation conference Sept. 30.

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