Man pleads guilty to 8 drug counts, faces homicide charge
By DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON — A Youngstown man pleaded guilty to eight drug-related counts in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, but he eventually is expected to face more charges in Pennsylvania.
Eddie J. Robinson Jr., 25, also has an upcoming extradition hearing in county municipal court because Pennsylvania has a warrant for Robinson in a Sharon, Pa., case where the charge is criminal homicide for his alleged involvement in a home-robbery shooting death in that city.
On Wednesday, Robinson pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to tampering with evidence, trafficking in drugs and six counts of possession of drugs.
Court documents state that on July 27, 2017, Robinson had heroin, carfentanil and crack cocaine, small bags of which he is accused of removing or hiding. Additionally, on Nov. 1, 2017, Robinson had suspected cocaine, heroin and clonazepam. The indictment in Columbiana County was issued by the grand jury in August 2018.
At the plea hearing Wednesday, Columbiana County Assistant Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said she will recommend a two-year prison sentence on the charges. Defense attorney Christopher Weeda noted Robinson was willing to waive asking for the presentencing investigation to be sentenced quickly.
While Jones had no objection to no presentencing investigation, she did request a sentencing date before the extradition hearing scheduled in county municipal court on Oct. 28. The sentencing in Common Pleas Court was scheduled for Oct. 25.
When Robinson, also known as “Jo Jo,” was arraigned in Common Pleas Court in June, county Prosecutor Robert Herron indicated Robinson was a suspect in a homicide in Sharon.
In that city, he was connected with the home robbery and shooting death of Khalil “Champ” Hopson, 24, in May, according to police and court records.
At that time, Robinson had only been charged with possession of a firearm, while a co-defendant, Alexis Evonna Holmes, 20, New Castle, Pa., had been charged with homicide, robbery, burglary and solicitation to commit robbery and burglary.
Johnson is a reporter for the (Lisbon) Morning Journal.