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Man facing several charges after bail jump

August 9, 2013
By MARK LAW - For The Weirton Daily Times , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Stedmund C. Creech, 24, of Steubenville was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Creech pleaded guilty to an escape charge.

Creech was indicted for failing to report to his parole officer and jumping bail in a pending drug trafficking case.

Creech now faces three trials on other pending cases, including an alleged shooting and robbery in Mingo Junction.

In the Mingo Junction case, Creech and Drake A. Burton, 20, of Steubenville were indicted each on four counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of felonious assault, one with a firearm specification and tampering with evidence. Creech also was charged with one count of having a weapon as a convicted felon.

Precious Turner, 30, of 1328 Wellesley Ave. was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three men, dressed like utility workers with vests, knocked on a door at a house at 122 Union Ave., Mingo Junction, around 2:30 p.m. on May 16. A 2-year-old girl answered the door. The men came inside, demanding money they claim was owed to them, Abdalla said.

The men forced Mike Gray, 27, to open a safe, Abdalla said.

The three men then used duct tape to tie up a woman, Yolanda Cronin, 23, of the residence, the 2-year-old and a 13-year-old. Gray also was secured with the tape, Abdalla said.

The two children and Cronin then were struck in the head with a pistol, Abdalla said. Gray was shot in the thigh area, the sheriff said.

The three left the house in a vehicle allegedly driven by a 17-year-old female and drove to Steubenville, where the men got out in the area of Dock and North Fourth streets. City Police stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of South Fourth Street and took the female juvenile into custody.

Creech was arrested in Wheeling on May 30. Burton was arrested on May 17 at a home in the 1300 block of Wellesley Avenue.

In another case, Creech was one of two men targeted by Antonio Johnson, 23, of Steubenville on July 2, 2012, in the 1500 block of Orchard Street, when Johnson fired shots from an AK-47 at them.

Creech was indicted on three counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.

Johnson was sentenced to 24 and one-half years in prison after a jury convicted him of attempted murder and other charges.

Creech also was indicted on two drug trafficking charges. That was the case in which he jumped bail.

County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese told Henderson on Thursday that Creech was convicted in a 2008 case on a charge of drug trafficking. He was sentenced by Henderson at the time to six months in the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center. He was kicked out of the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center but allowed to be on probation because he was doing well as a student at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Creech was sentenced in 2010 to two years in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Creech pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine and felonious assault.

Bruzzese said that since Creech became an adult he has chosen a life of crime instead of focusing on his academic abilities.

Creech's defense attorney, Aaron Miller, said Creech didn't report to his parole officer because of the news reporting in the shooting case involving Johnson.

Bruzzese wanted Creech to be sentenced to the maximum of 36 months in prison on the escape charge. Miller believed a sentence of 18-24 months in prison was more appropriate.

Miller also requested that Creech be able to spend time with his newborn baby. Miller said Thursday was the first time he had seen the baby. Bruzzese objected, saying one of the victims in the Mingo Junction shooting case was a 2-year-old child.

Creech also faces additional prison time from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for failing to report to his parole officer.

Miller said Creech will go to trial in the shooting case involving Johnson.

 
 

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