Mahoning County judge denies early prison release for robber

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas today denied a request for judicial release by a man serving eight years in prison for four robbery convictions.

The judge ruled against the motion filed by Eric Lawson, 33, on July 9. Lawson was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2007 for four robberies he committed in November 2006 just one month after his release from prison on two other robbery charges.

Prison records show Lawson is slated to be released in January 2014.

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