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Prison sentence ordered in shooting

November 30, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - A Chicago man who pleaded guilty in a June 2011 shots fired case in the city was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

Jonathan T. Bray, 22, pleaded guilty to complicity to felonious assault and tampering with evidence, His trail was scheduled to start on Thursday before Henderson.

Bray was one of four people indicted in September in connection with the case.

Kinlaw Hendrix, 26, of Steubenville, formerly of Knoxville, Ill., was indicted on charges of felonious assault, menacing by stalking and tampering with evidence, and Chanice D. Adkins, 27, of East Liverpool was indicted on charges of complicity to felonious assault and complicity to tampering with evidence. Justin Campbell, 23, of Chicago was indicted on charges of complicity to felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Hendrix, Adkins and Campbell have not been served with copies of their indictments. Police are searching for their whereabouts.

County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said Hendrix was involved in an argument with two men on June 8, 2011, in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Hendrix left the scene but returned in an SUV, which was driven by Adkins, with Bray and Campbell as backseat passengers. Bruzzese said Hendrix brandished a firearm and pointed it at one of the men he previously had been arguing with. Hendrix fired several shots as the vehicle sped from the scene. Bruzzese said shots also were fired from the backseat area of the vehicle. He said more shots were fired as the vehicle turned onto Ohio Street.

Bruzzese said the SUV then went to a home in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. City Police surrounded the home and found the four SUV occupants inside, along with two other people. Bruzzese said Hendrix, Campbell and Bray hid the firearms used in case in duct work in the basement of the house.

Bruzzese said the case took so long to be presented to the grand jury because of the forensic tests, which included ballistics, DNA and gunshot residue tests.

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