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Jury finds three brothers guilty in split verdicts

Charged after city man’s kidnapping, assault

Staff file photo / Ed Runyan From left, brothers Kyle, Anthony and Keith Ellison are seen during a break in their trial Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. They went on trial on allegations that they kidnapped, robbed and assaulted a man Oct. 5, 2021, in Youngstown. Each was convicted of some of their charges Friday.

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Friday found three brothers from Youngstown and Boardman guilty of some of the counts they faced during their trial this week, on allegations that they abducted, robbed and assaulted a Loveland Road man on Oct. 5, 2021.

The jury deliberated a little more than two hours before announcing the split verdicts in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The jury found Keith Ellison, 21, of Shadyside Drive in Boardman, guilty of kidnapping, robbery and assault, but not guilty of other charges.

The jury found Kyle Ellison, 21, of Shadyside Drive in Boardman, guilty of kidnapping, robbery and assault, but not guilty of other charges.

Anthony Ellison, 23, of Valerie Drive in Youngstown, was found guilty of abduction and assault, but not guilty of other charges.

Nick Brevetta, county assistant prosecutor, said Keith and Kyle Ellison, who are twins, could get up to about 20 years in prison at their sentencing Jan. 24. He said Anthony Ellison could get up to about eight years in prison. All three men were taken into custody after the verdicts were read.

Each man was indicted on about a half dozen charges, but the jury issued not guilty verdicts on some of the charges, including gun specifications.

Brevetta said he was “very satisfied with the jury verdict. It was very thought out. I think the jury did a great job” and took its duties seriously in “really looking at the evidence and trying to be good at what they were asked to do.”

The three were accused of abducting, robbing and assaulting Billy Hall Jr., 24, of Loveland Road, on the South Side. Testimony in the trial indicated the three brothers knew Hall and his brother.

There was testimony that the brothers accused Hall of stealing marijuana or money from one or more of the brothers. Hall testified to being “upset and confused” by being forced into a car that morning and then being assaulted. Hall told jurors Wednesday that Kyle, Anthony and Keith Ellison all were involved in parts of the incident.

Hall’s brother, Jonah Hall, 23, testified to seeing the the end of the episode when his brother was brought back home.

Jonah Hall said he had been friends with all three Ellisons for about seven years. His brother Billy did not hang out with them as much, he said.

On Oct. 5, 2021, Jonah Hall woke up to some noise near the family’s home on Loveland Road and saw a car in the street and then saw Anthony Ellison pulling his brother out of the car and punching his brother in the face. Jonah testified that Anthony said Billy Hall “stole some weed.”

A co-defendant in the case, Undrel Fletcher, 24, testified in the trial. He was indicted most of the same offenses as the Ellisons but agreed to testify in exchange for a recommendation from prosecutors that he serve no prison time.

erunyan@vindy.com

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