Boardman man gets year in prison for hitting bicyclist at mall


YOUNGSTOWN

A Boardman man was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to charges he struck a bicyclist with his vehicle in December in the Southern Park Mall parking lot.

Stephen Rivers, 23, entered his guilty plea before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, obstructing official business and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the Dec. 14 incident.

Prosecutors and Rivers’ lawyer were recommending nine months in prison Wednesday for Rivers, who is also on probation for a charge of operating a vehicle impaired out of Girard, but Judge Krichbaum said he thought more time was necessary, especially because Rivers was on probation when the crime occurred.

Reports said Rivers hit a man on a bicycle while Rivers was doing “doughnuts” in the snow in the mall parking lot. He also had a loaded gun in his car.

Read more about the matter in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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