Warren man gets three-year prison sentence

A Warren man on Wednesday was given a three-year prison sentence after being convicted of felonies connected to the May 4 robbery of two people in a vehicle that was stopped on Youngstown Road SE.

James L. Jethroe, 28, 2388 Palmyra Road SW, pleaded guilty  to two counts of theft and one count of having weapons while being a convicted felon. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay handed out a one-year prison term on the theft charges and two years on the weapons charges, making Jethroe serve the terms consecutively.

McKay said the consecutive sentence was necessary because of the violent crime. Jethroe originally was charged in a five-count indictment in July and could have faced up to more than 30 years in prison.

Warren police said the victims in the car, which was pulled over by a man with a gun, were robbed of money, credit cards, an electronic tablet and clothing.

Prosecutors said Jethroe, who was convicted in 2008 of a felony drug possession charge, was found with a Beretta handgun.