City man didn’t report to parole officer after prison

WARREN — An Estabrook Avenue NW man was found guilty Tuesday by a Trumbull County jury on an escape charge for not reporting to his parole officer after being released from prison earlier this year.

The jury took about 50 minutes to convict Jamichael Anderson, 33, who had been released after serving four months of a 12-month sentence after a conviction on possession of heroin.

Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos is scheduled to sentence Anderson on Nov. 15. Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker said the defendant faces six to 12 months in prison as well as the remaining post-release control time, which is about 1,000 days.

Anderson also faces the same charge for a different case before Judge Andrew Logan, who set a trial date of Jan. 18.

The current trial took less than a day after the jury was selected Monday afternoon. Becker called Kayla Miller and Deborah King, workers for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, who said the defendant did not comply with the terms of his post-release control after being freed from prison Feb. 17.

Becker had stated that Anderson did not report to his parole officer at all before being picked up by authorities on May 23.

Defense attorney Patrick Moro, who did not call any witnesses, said his client was never told where and when to report.

Anderson also was supposed to go to a halfway house in Akron, which he did not do.

“This was some sort of error in the system,” Moro said during closing argument.

Becker also played a tape of a phone call Anderson made from the jail to his mother in which he admitted he didn’t report to the parole officer.

“Kayla Miller and Deborah King both did an excellent job showing the defendant was not reporting. Thanks also to Maj. Dan Mason of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office,” Becker said after the verdict was read.

Mason is the jail administrator who provided the tape of the jail call.


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