Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Joe Gorman
A man sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for selling drugs was charged by city police after the sentencing in a double shooting Friday.
Lavar Paige, 29, was given the sentence in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court by Judge Maureen Sweeney. He was then charged with felonious assault and improper discharge of a firearm into a habitation involving a shooting Friday at a home in the 1100 block of Detroit Avenue that wounded a man and woman who lived in the home.
Both victims were treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The woman has been released.
Paige pleaded guilty in November to 14 fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin, three fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in drugs and a second-degree charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Prosecutors were recommending a sentence of 31/2 years.
Paige is eligible for an early release from prison on the drug charges after serving six months of his sentence. He was one of five men indicted in April 2016 on charges of selling drugs in Youngstown from April 2015 to November 2015.
He only served one day in jail after he was indicted secretly in the case. He was free on a $50,000 surety bond after his arraignment in common pleas court.
His lawyer, Sam Amendolara, said the other defendants in the case got sentences ranging from probation to nine months in prison. He said his client only has one felony conviction and that was a bad-check charge.
Paige apologized and said he made a mistake and he hopes to overcome it.
“I’m not a bad person,” Paige said. I made a few mistakes in my life. We all have. But I’m not going to let that define the rest of my life.”