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20 years possible for Niles man in home invasion case

WARREN — A Niles man faces as much as a 20-year prison term after being sentenced Monday on felony convictions dealing with an October 2020 home invasion in which an elderly woman was pushed to the floor.

Leonard Powell, 58, of Sayers Avenue, was given indefinite consecutive prison terms by Trumbull Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice after he pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to aggravated burglary and robbery charges.

Rice sentenced Powell to a consecutive term totaling 16 to 20 years in prison, saying the consecutive terms were necessary to protect the public.

Powell was accused of forcing his way into a Maple Street home Oct. 9, 2020, after he told the 87-year-old woman resident he was collecting signatures on a petition, reports state.

Police reports show the man forced his way inside, pushed the woman down and tried to rob her. The woman was OK, complaining she was a little sore after the incident, police reports stated.

The suspect ran away after the home invasion, but Niles police found Powell shortly after the victim called 911 asking for medical help. Another 911 tip from another caller led police to a fourplex on Sayers Avenue where Powell lived, the report states.

Powell was wearing an Ohio State University shirt similar to one the home invader was wearing, police reports stated. The officers also found in Powell’s residence a red mask like the one the suspect wore.

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