Men denied parole in death

WARREN – Two 34-year-old prison inmates, who were teenagers when they were convicted of manslaughter in Warren, were denied parole this week.

State parole officials have told representatives from the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office that Maximillian Bell and Tarik Allen, both in Lake Erie Correctional Institution, will remain behind bars.

Allen’s next parole hearing is December 2017 and Bell’s next hearing is December 2016.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said he was pleased with the decision from the parole authority.

Both men were convicted of robbery, kidnapping and manslaughter in the Oct. 11, 1995, death of Mark Heltzel, the brother of Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel.

Both also were sentenced to prison terms that carry a maximum of 50 years with parole eligibility after eight to nine years.

Heltzel, who was found bleeding from the head at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Street S.E. in Warren, was beaten in the head with a BB gun and either leaped from or was pushed out of his moving Lincoln Continental. He died three days later at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Bell and Allen, both 17 at the time, were indicted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter – charges that were reduced from murder by a grand jury. Both were charged in juvenile court and then bound over as adults.

Allen said in an audiotaped statement that Heltzel was riding in the back seat of his own Lincoln Continental driven by Bell and actually had stepped out of the moving vehicle when he saw a police cruiser nearby. In video statements released earlier, the youths said they asked for a ride from Heltzel, 34, at a Milton Street S.E. crack house.