Judge notes Brodeur's 'rough life' before giving him 8 years in prison


Before sentencing Russian-born Arteum Brodeur to eight years in prison Wednesday in the killing of Michael Krevas last July, Judge W. Wyatt McKay mentioned the scourge of drug abuse and the “very rough life” experienced by the defendant.

The judge, who said he learned about Brodeur’s background from a confidential presentencing report prepared by the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department, declined to provide any other details.

But Donna Wood, the mother of Krevas, 31, of Washington Street Northwest, said Krevas was a drug addict, “And if drugs had not been involved in this, it would have never happened.”

Chris Becker, assistant county prosecutor, said after the hearing Wood is probably right. Krevas’ autopsy indicated he had evidence of several types of drugs in his system, including methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

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

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