Man gets 4 years in prison for being in criminal gang


A Campbell man was sentenced this morning to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang.

Graylyn Folmar. 24, of Monroe Street, drew the sentence from visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Thirteen alleged members of the gang were indicted by a grand jury last August.

Police and prosecutors say they were responsible for dealing drugs in the vicinity of the Victory Arms housing project on Youngstown’s East Side and were known for using violence to protect their territory.

The alleged leader of the gang, Adam Christian, 23, was slain on Woodcrest Avenue in 2011, and three men are awaiting trial in his death.

Folmar was one of three gang members to plead guilty in April.

The other two, Curtis Jones and DeVonte Gilmore, both 21, were both immediately sentenced to eight years in prison to run concurrently with their 12-year prison terms for manslaughter in the March 2011 shooting death of De’Vail Fleeton, 16, on the East Side.

Another defendant, Phillip Anderson, 23, pleaded guilty to heroin and cocaine trafficking and participating in a criminal gang and drew a six-year prison term in May.

The case of one additional defendant, Darrel Mason, 24, is still pending, with a Friday pre-trial hearing and a scheduled June 23 jury trial.

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