Jail hostage probe to prosecutor

WARREN – The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has wrapped up its probe into the April 23 hostage situation at the Trumbull County Jail and handed its findings over the the county prosecutor’s office.

Jill DelGreco, a spokesperson for the State Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, confirmed that BCI investigators met with prosecutors at the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday morning. She explained that BCI, the investigative arm of the state attorney general’s office, still considers the case an “active/open investigation because it is common for prosecutors to request additional investigation after reviewing a case file.”

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Michael Burnett confirmed the results of the investigation were turned over to him and that he, along with investigators in the prosecutor’s office, have started an initial review.

Burnett said any possible criminal charges would be presented to a Trumbull County grand jury for consideration of an indictment once the review by the prosecutor’s office is complete.

Reports state that three inmates held Corrections Officer Joe Lynn at knifepoint at the jail inside the isolation pod the prisoners shared on the fourth-floor.

Deputies identified those inmates as David Martin, 29, Richard Ware, 27, and Kevin Johns, 24.

The ordeal lasted more than five hours as the trio negotiated, among other things, a request to be moved to another lockup.

Warren police Lt. Jeff Cole and Trumbull County sheriff’s Deputy Valerie Hostutler were the first two negotiators to arrive soon after Lynn was taken hostage just after 3 p.m. during routine rounds. The situation ended around 8:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Ware, with a last known address on North Leavitt Road, has three robbery cases pending in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Johns, 24, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 28 years behind bars on April 15 for raping a local woman and kidnapping another woman about a year ago.

Martin, 29, who has had addresses in Cleveland and Akron, faces the death penalty on capital murder charges stemming from the murder and robbery of a 21-year-old man at a home on Oak Circle S.W. His trial is set to open Aug. 28 before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan.