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Man gets 4 years for domestic violence convictions

WARREN — A Warren man was sentenced Thursday to consecutive sentences totaling four years in prison for separate felony convictions involving the same woman.

Karl Sena, 31, of Idywild Avenue NW, pleaded guilty to a third-degree domestic violence charge for an incident that occurred on July 18, 2020, and also to aggravated vehicular assault and OVI charges for a Warren traffic crash that occurred on Dec. 31, 2019.

Judge Ronald J. Rice sentenced Sena to two years in prison in each case, but said consecutive sentences were necessary to protect the public because of the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history of the defendant.

Sena told the judge he learned how to take responsibility for his actions through courses while he was in prison in Pennsylvania after the local offenses.

Rice also suspended Sena’s driver’s license for three years.

The domestic violence charge stems from a Howland police investigation of a disturbance July 18, 2020, at the Capri Motel on East Market Street. A then 31-year-old woman told police she was beaten by her boyfriend after an argument and then was thrown to the ground by him when she tried to follow him across the street to Burger King.

The traffic crash on Dec. 31, 2019, involved a car striking a guardrail at Tod Avenue and Maywood Street NW about 6 p.m. The report states both Sena and the same woman, who was pregnant at the time, were covered in blood, and officers found an empty bottle of vodka in the vehicle. The woman was taken to the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital trauma center, while Sena was given a blood test, which later showed him exceeding the legal limit for blood-alcohol content.

Also in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, two other defendants were given prison sentences on domestic violence convictions:

• Stephen Smith, 40, Fairview SE, Warren, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on domestic violence and resisting arrest convictions from a May 2 plea hearing. Rice read a long list of Smith’s misdemeanor convictions that dated back to when he was 18. “You have a horrible record showing that you are a violent person,” the judge told Smith. The charges dealt with a investigation by Niles police of a Nov. 12, 2021, incident at a Cherry Avenue home in Niles. A 39-year-old woman told police the man struck her in the face and threw her down the basement steps.

• Tyler Tomlin, 25, of Freeman Street NW, Warren, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree domestic violence charge and also to two other fifth-degree domestic violence charges from a separate case. Rice sentenced him to an aggregate 12-month prison term.

Court records showed the cases stemmed from incidents in Warren on Feb. 17 and May 19 involving a 20-year-old woman. Prosecutors said if the cases went to trial, they would have used video evidence against the defendant.

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