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Burghill man gets 10 to 15 years for sex offenses

WARREN — A Burghill man received an indefinite 10- to 15-year prison sentence Thursday for being convicted of sex offenses with three teen girls.

The competency of defendant Elijah D. Peters II has been debated throughout the case, and again was brought up during Thursday’s sentencing hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice through statements from Peters’ attorney and several of his relatives.

On July 21, Peters, 20, of 7740 Thompson Sharpsville Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition, a count of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Prosecutors had stated the case involved three girls — ages 12 to 14 at the time — investigated by Weathersfield Township police beginning in January 2021.

Both attorney Michael Partlow and assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman had agreed to the indefinite prison term imposed by the judge after Peters had undergone two psychological examinations, which resulted in both experts ruling Peters competent to stand trial.

“The prosecution had shown much grace in reducing the sentence in a case that was originally prosecuted as a potential life (prison) sentence,” Wildman told the judge. âThere were three young teen-aged victims involved.”

Rice received written impact statements from the victims prior to Thursday’s hearing.

For more on this story, read tomorrow’s Tribune Chronicle newspaper.

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