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Man pleads to abduction, trespassing charges

YOUNGSTOWN — Matthew A. Reisen, 41, of Boardman was sentenced to four years of probation Tuesday after pleading guilty in January to trespassing into a habitation and abduction involving incidents in September and October 2021.

Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentenced Reisen, saying his probation will be supervised by the Mahoning County Adult Parole Authority. Prosecutors and the defense mutually agreed upon the sentence.

Reisen’s indictment in November 2021 listed 11 charges, but nine were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea. Reisen could have gotten more than three years in prison on his two felony convictions.

The trespassing was Sept. 8, when a man living across the street from where Reisen was living on East Parkside Drive in Boardman said he could hear someone trying to get into his house through the kitchen door, then saw Reisen in his attached garage, kicking items around the garage. East Parkside Drive is south of U.S. Route 224, and west of Glenwood Avenue.

The neighbor forced Reisen out of the garage, and they began to struggle. Reisen broke the other man’s chain from around his neck and broke the victim’s eye glasses, a Boardman police report states.

A witness said she was driving in front of the home when she saw the two men pushing each other in the driveway.

Reisen was arrested and taken to the Mahoning County jail.

A felony assault charge filed in that incident was dismissed in exchange for Reisen’s guilty plea on the other charges.

The abduction involved a woman Reisman restrained Oct. 3 while the woman was at Reisman’s home in Boardman, said Nick Brevetta, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor.

Mark Lavelle, Reisman’s attorney, noted that Reisen was evaluated for competency to stand trial and mental health court.

He said the issues in the case are “rather bizarre” in that the abduction involves three women who were coming to the Reisen home to provide medications to his mother.

He tried to get them out of the house, resulting in the abduction charge, Lavelle said. One of the three since has died of a drug overdose, Lavelle said.

In both cases, Reisen may not have handled the situation appropriately, Lavelle noted. Reisen has been “doing very well” for about the last nine or 10 months, since he left jail, Lavelle said.

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