Champion man sentenced to 13 years in prison for killing Youngstown man
By Ed Runyan
Trint N. Cellars, 21, of Woodrow Avenue in Champion, was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday for killing a Youngstown man April 25 outside of an apartment complex.
Cellars pleaded guilty before Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.
Cellars was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated robbery.
William Anderson, 63, of Ohio Avenue was killed as he sat in a car on Harvard Drive Southeast near the Candlelight apartments.
Chris Becker, assistant county proscutor, said the shooting appears to have been a robbery that “went bad,” resulting in a struggle in which Cellars’ gun “went off.”
Becker said prosecutors were willing to accept a plea to a reduced charge because police did not recover the weapon used in the crime, and there were no witnesses.
DNA on a cigarette recovered in the vehicle placed Cellars at the scene, and prosecutors also had “jailhouse information” they could have used at Cellars’ trial, Becker said.
Anderson had a gunshot wound to the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were called there at 10:06 p.m. by someone who said he heard shots. When the caller went outside, he saw Anderson in the car not moving.
Cellars had been in the Trumbull County jail since May 31 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property out of Niles and Warren.
Also Thursday, Maurice U. Brown, 24, of Chestnut Avenue and North Feederle Drive, was sentenced to the Northeast Ohio Alternative Sentencing Program and five years’ probation for killing a puppy in May by kicking it during a dispute with a woman.
Brown was convicted under a new law that makes it a felony to commit certain offenses against a companion animal.
Police said Brown kicked the 8-week-old puppy “really hard, sending it into the street,” after arguing with his brother’s girlfriend on North Feederele Drive Southeast May 21. The puppy was unresponsive when an officer arrived.
Judge Rice also sentenced Timmon D. Wade, 25, of Woodland Avenue Northeast and Southern Boulevard Northwest to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in an Aug. 19 incident.
Prosecutors say Wade was wearing a mask and banged a gun on the door of the Fastway Drive Thru, 1432 Parkman Road NW. The employee inside refused to open the door, and Wade fled, prosecutors said.
Police found Wade along Bingham Avenue Northwest sweating and carrying a hooded sweatshirt that matched the description given by an employee of the store. Police found a book bag and firearm in woods nearby. They also found two holes in a bandanna in the hood of the sweatshirt that they believe was used as a mask.