Man gets 8 years in burglary

WARREN – The second of two men accused of attacking a man last summer after posing as prospective homebuyers was sentenced Wednesday to eight years behind bars.

Jermaine Johnson, 36, of Wick Street S.E., pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and receiving stolen property. He waived any pre-sentence investigation before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay handed down the sentence.

Johnson had been in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond since his arrest a day after the incident at the home of a Central Parkway man on July 29.

Police say Johnson and Ritchie L. Paden, 31, of DeForest Road S.E., told the homeowner they were interested in buying his home.

When they were being shown the inside of the house, the owner said one of the men tried to choke him with a bungee cord until he was unconscious. The man’s 1988 Toyota 4-Runner was stolen as he was left in the basement.

Paden and Johnson were arrested the next day in the stolen car as they tried to sell scrap items at a business on Burton Street S.E.

Paden pleaded guilty to the same charges in November and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

An assistant prosecutor said no assault charges were ever brought since the victim failed to get documented medical attention.