One pleads, one is sentenced in separate federal drug cases


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

One man was sentenced and another pleaded guilty Tuesday in separate drug cases in the U.S. Northern District Court Of Ohio.

Tawayme Jett, 37, was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison – 140 months – before Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. in Cleveland on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, which he pleaded guilty to in November.

Jett and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury for selling cocaine in Youngstown between March and June 2015.

As part of the plea agreement, Jett also had to forfeit more than $100,000 in cash, three .40-caliber handguns, a .380-caliber and 9mm handgun, several rounds of ammunition and a 2006 Audi.

A sentencing memorandum prepared by Jett’s attorney said Jett has previous convictions for drug trafficking and felonious assault and came from a background where he had a drug-addicted stepfather and domestic violence between his mother and stepfather.

Jett also had a drug addiction and had begun using drugs and alcohol since he was 13, the memorandum said. The minimum sentence for the charge is 10 years.

Also pleading guilty in Cleveland before Judge Christopher A. Boyko to charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin or cocaine base was William Williams, 34. Williams faces a sentencing date in June.

Williams is one of five people indicted in January 2016 for distributing and selling heroin and crack cocaine in Youngstown between July 2013 and July 2015.

According to federal prosecutors, Williams provided heroin and crack cocaine to the four people he was indicted with to sell.

One of those people, Shayne Mascarella, 23, sold heroin to a person referred to as “LZ” in court papers who died July 19, 2015, federal prosecutors said.

Court records show Mascarella is expected to plead guilty today.

Two other defendants, Derek Brown, 36, and Emanuel Bunkley, 35, already have been sentenced for their roles in the drug ring. Brown received a sentence of more than eight years at 100 months, and Bunkley received a sentence of 21 months.

The case against the fifth defendant, Tyrell Hollis, 23, is pending.

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