Man refuses plea deal in assault case

WARREN — A Warren man who begged officers not to shoot him after he was caught inside a house during a break-in last June refused the state’s offer and appears headed for a July 10 trial on three felony charges that include firearms specifications.

Orlando Ervin Jr., 22, 952 Stiles St., exchanged angry words with assistant Prosecutor Diane L. Barber after his pre-trial Wednesday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

Ervin, who faces a charge of burglary and two counts of felonious assault, all with firearms specifications, turned down Barber’s offer of 15 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to all the charges.

The defendant, despite being urged by his attorney Matthew Pentz to keep quiet, said that “15 years is no deal.” Barber responded by saying, “you shouldn’t be shooting at police officers.” Ervin responded by saying he didn’t shoot at anyone.

If found guilty of all charges, Barber said Ervin faces a potential maximum prison sentence of 47 years. Ervin waived his right to a speedy trial in the case, in which he is accused of firing at police officers.

Warren police officers said two officers responded to 1746 Dodge St. NW around 4 a.m. June 1 after a burglar alarm was activated. When officers arrived, reports said they noticed the window of a sliding door was broken and the middle portion of the window was missing.

As the officers continued to watch the house from the outside, reports said a gunshot rang out near the front window a few moments later. Then a second shot was heard by police toward the rear, according to a police report.

As backup for officers arrived, someone inside the house called out: “This is crazy … I (am) coming out … I put the gun down. I’ll come out with my hands up.”

Ervin remains in custody at Trumbull County Jail since his June 1 arrest , when his $150,000 bond was set in Warren Municipal Court.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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