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Garrettsville man gets prison for market break-in

WARREN — A Garrettsville man was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after he was convicted of felony charges connected to a September 2018 break-in and theft at a Warren Township market.

Eddie M. Smallwood, 44, of 11962 Brosius Road, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and grand theft. After waiving a pre-sentence investigation, Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice gave him a two-year prison term.

The plea headed off a jury trial that was scheduled to begin Monday in Rice’s court.

Before sentencing, Smallwood told the judge he was not asking for leniency.

“I take full responsibility for my actions, but I ask you to try to help me to get the appropriate help in prison, maybe counseling or something,” Smallwood said.

Rice told the defendant he doesn’t have any input on what prison he would go to, nor can he force prison officials to put Smallwood into any specific program.

Trumbull County court records show that Smallwood had several other prison stays, with the last being a nine-month term for an escape conviction in 2019.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael Fredericka said the charges against Smallwood were linked to the Sept. 9, 2018, break-in at the Diles Market and Cafe at 55 S. Leavitt Road in Leavittsburg. Fredericka said a Warren Township police report showed Smallwood being caught on a security camera stealing $10,642 of lottery tickets and cash from a safe in the business.

When Rice asked about the issue of restitution, Fredericka said the market owners said the loss was covered by insurance.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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