Man on trial for murder
Jury chosen Monday in killing of two men on the West Side
YOUNGSTOWN — The aggravated murder and aggravated robbery trial of Michael Sherman, 20, of Wesley Avenue, begins this morning after a jury was empaneled Monday in the courtroom of Judge Anthony D’Apolito.
Sherman is one of three males who barely qualified for adult charges when they were arrested in early 2018.
Sherman and Mark Winlock Jr., 19, of Deer Creek Court in Austintown, are both charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the March 3, 2018, shooting death of Brandon Wareham, 18, but they will be tried separately.
A third man, Daniel P. Sullivan II, 19, was also charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the case, but he pleaded guilty in November to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery and is expected to testify in Sherman’s trial.
Sullivan could get about 23 years in prison when he is sentenced, but prosecutors will recommend he gets 14 years if he cooperates with them. His attorney will ask for10 years.
Two of the three suspects and victim were barely 18 years old when the killing took place. Sullivan turned 18 less than a month earlier; Winlock turned 18 about two months earlier. Sherman was 19, and Wareham had turned 18 about nine months earlier.
Police say Winlock shot Wareham to death while Wareham was sitting in his car in the 100 block of Rhoda Avenue on the West Side. Police say Wareham had gone there to sell marijuana.
Girls ages 15 and 17 were also charged with complicity to commit murder and aggravated robbery in late 2018 in the case. The aggravated robbery charges relates to the attempted theft of marijuana from Wareham.