Sentencing dates set for three men guilty in 2020 killing Rowan Sweeney of Struthers

YOUNGSTOWN — Sentencing dates have been set for the three men convicted in the September 2020 murder of 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney.

Brandon Crump, who was convicted by a jury Feb. 15, will be sentenced March 19 by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony D’Apolito.

Jurors found Crump guilty of 16 charges, including aggravated murder, felonious assault, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, conspiracy and several gun specifications.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Gina DeGenova said the maximum penalties under Ohio law are 30 years to life for aggravated murder, and 11 years on each count of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, with an additional three years for the firearms specifications.

She said prosecutors will present the office’s recommendation at the hearing, but Crump will be eligible for parole after 25 years regardless of his sentence.

Crump was the only one of the three to go on trial. The other two defendants, Kimonie Bryant and Andre McCoy, took plea deals last year — Bryant on Dec. 12 and McCoy on Aug. 9.

Both pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated murder.

Bryant will be sentenced April 17 and McCoy on April 30, both also by D’Apolito.

DeGenova said her office cannot discuss the terms of those plea agreements because a gag order remains in place.

Rowan was killed Sept. 21, 2020, during a home invasion at a house on Perry Street in Struthers, during which others, including McCoy, also were shot. McCoy was later found to be involved with the planning of the robbery.


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