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4 juveniles admit guilt in party shop armed robbery

YOUNGSTOWN — The four juveniles who tried to rob the Conroy’s Party Shop, 3518 South Ave. on Aug. 31– including two who were shot by the store owner — have admitted to the crimes.

Dalan Reynolds, now 17, was sentenced to supervised release into the community instead of being committed to an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility because of his “physical handicap and incapacitation,” according to court records.

During that time, he will have to report to Mahoning County Juvenile Court and be under the supervision of the juvenile court probation department and have the “standard terms and conditions of probation.”

Reynolds and co-defendant Hawley Warren, now 16, both suffered gunshot wounds in the robbery, but Reynolds’ injuries apparently were more serious than those of Warren. Court officials declined to discuss Reynolds’ medical issues.

During a June 15 hearing, attorneys and Judge Theresa Dellick of Mahoning County Juvenile Court spoke with a DYS representative, who advised that DYS “is incapable of providing the necessary medical services and physical therapy for” Reynolds, according to a court judgment entry.

“The subject child’s commitment to an inadequate facility not only is detrimental but may very well be life threatening,” the DYS official stated.

Warren and the two other males will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 in Mahoning County Juvenile Court. They continue to be detained in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

Youngstown police said Reynolds and Warren approached store employees about 11:30 p.m. with guns out, and the store owner fired his own gun at them, hitting one suspect twice and the other suspect a single time. The two other males — William Turner and Jabrel Reynolds, both now 16 — did not have guns.

Dalan Reynolds and Warren were taken into custody inside the store and were in critical condition later at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Turner and Jabriel Reynolds fled the scene but were arrested not long afterward.

At his hearing, Dalan Reynolds admitted to kidnapping, a first-degree felony, with a gun specification. Reynolds, who was 16 at the time, was deemed a serious youthful offender. His sentence is commitment to the Ohio Department of Youth Services, the state system for juvenile offenders, for three years on the kidnapping and three years on the gun specification not to exceed his 21st birthday.

Dellick also has the discretion to impose an adult sentence on Reynolds of nine years if he fails to successfully complete his juvenile sentence.

If Dalan Reynolds recovers from his incapacitation, his DYS sentence will then be imposed, court documents state. If he goes to adult prison, he may also serve five years probation afterward.

Dalan Reynolds was originally charged with aggravated robbery with a specification of a gun being used, but prosecutors asked the judge to amend the charge to kidnapping with a gun specification.

Also June 15, Warren, Turner and Jabriel Reynolds admitted to kidnapping with a gun specification. Judge Dellick ordered an Ohio Youth Assessment, which is similar to a presentence investigation in adult court.

Juvenile court uses the term “admitted” guilt rather than pleaded guilty the way adult court does.

Like Dalan Reynolds, Warren initially was charged with aggravated robbery with a gun specification, but his charges were amended to kidnapping with a gun specification, and Warren admitted to the crime.

William Turner and Jabriel Reynolds were charged initially with complicity to aggravated robbery with a gun specification, but the charges were amended to kidnapping with a gun specification, and both admitted to the crime.

Police said Turner and Jabriel Reynolds were behind Dalan Reynolds and Warren during the robbery and were not hit by gunfire. They were 15 at the time.

Prosecutors originally asked that all four juveniles be tried as adults, but at the June 15 hearing, prosecutors dropped that request, and all four cases remain with juvenile court.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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