Man gets probation on two gun charges

WARREN – A Warren man whose brothers were involved in two fatal shootings within a week of each other three years ago was given probation Monday after pleading guilty to two weapons charges.

Tre Vaughn Walker, 23, 2029 Stewart Drive NW, was placed on five years community control by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos.

Walker’s lawyer, William Norman, pleaded for probation, saying his client had a clean record prior to 2013, when his brothers Taemarr and Tashawn were involved in fatal shootings.

Tre Vaughn Walker on May 12 pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in June 2015, court records show. More than 20 shell casings were recovered in and around 770 Fourth St. SW, where witnesses said someone drove up to the home and began shooting.

Walker faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Despite the probation sentence, Walker’s legal troubles are not over. On Monday he pleaded not guilty before Kontos to two felony charges of tampering with evidence and improperly handling firearms in a vehicle. These charges deal with a July 6 incident in Warren.

Kontos set the trial for Feb. 6 and ordered Walker be held in lieu of posting a $10,000 bond. The latest charges carry a potential maximum 4 1/2-year prison term.

Taemarr Walker died in October 2013 in a shooting involving a Warren police officer on Risher Road SW. The officer, who was at the scene assisting a tow-truck driver answering an abandoned vehicle call shot Taemarr Walker after he ignored an order to drop the handgun he was holding, reports state.

Tashawn Walker, 27, of Texas, is serving a 17-year prison sentence after pleading guilty last year to his involvement in the shooting death of Richard Rollison IV, 24, of Niles, at the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street. That fatal shooting occurred one week after Taemarr Walker’s death.