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Youngstown man gets prison for Niles, Liberty robberies

WARREN — A Youngstown man on Tuesday received an indefinite four- to six-year prison sentence on an aggravated robbery conviction connected to three heists in Liberty and Niles late last summer.

The charges are connected to separate heists at two Belmont Avenue businesses and a similar incident at the Subway along U.S. Route 422 in Niles within eight days in late summer.

James Stanford Jr., 53, of Landsdowne Boulevard, was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan after he had pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to three second-degree felonies.

Both the judge and his defense attorney Carlo Ciccone complimented the defendant on his good behavior during the court hearings, but Logan said Stanford was not eligible for probation because of his prior criminal record that included robbery convictions in the 1990s.

Stanford was arrested Sept. 23, 2021, after Liberty Township police reports accused him of robbing the Speedway on Belmont Avenue during the early morning hours of Aug. 26 and the Sept. 3 heist at Sally Beauty Supply in the Liberty Plaza.

Liberty police Chief Toby Meloro said the crimes were solved because of good descriptions given by the victims and a tip that led to a video of the vehicle involved.

Niles police has said the same vehicle was used in a Sept. 3 robbery at a Subway restaurant.

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