Burglar gets two years

WARREN – A 33-year-old McDonald woman will spend two years in prison for her minor role in a Niles attempted burglary that was foiled by the homeowner who shot through a door, killing an accomplice.

Mindy Sierra said nothing as she was sentenced Tuesday by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan. She pleaded guilty to charges of attempted aggravated burglary and a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony.

Sierra is one of four people charged in a July 12 incident when a fifth accomplice, Terry Allen, 36, was killed by a shotgun blast through the front door of the Niles Cortland Road home of Roy Hahn, 41.

Hahn was cleared by authorities in the shooting after an investigation by the Trumbull County prosecutor.

Sierra was accused of being involved with the planning of the burglary and dropping off three men at a Niles home which they planned to burglarize for scrap copper.

The trio did break into another house that was vacant before trying to get into Hahn’s house.

Prosecutors have said the three men and two women, including Allen’s wife, planned to steal copper from the home and use the proceeds to go to the Trumbull County Fair.

It was only a week ago that 34-year-old Michael Burns was sentenced to 11 years behind bars for his role as one of the men who tried to break into the homes.

Burns, who also was sentenced by Logan, suffered a wound to his upper right arm from the same blast that killed Allen.

A jury convicted Burns of the attempted aggravated burglary and the first-degree felony version of involuntary manslaughter. The jury discarded an option of finding Burns guilty of murder, which could have meant a life sentence with parole eligibility after 15 years.

Allen’s wife Nicole, 35, of Mineral Ridge, who was with Sierra and dropped off the men still has similar charges pending in another court along with Scott Crislip, 18, of Niles.