Parolee on way to prison

STEUBENVILLE – A city man who was on parole when he was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and a gun was found inside the car was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Jevante L. Childs, 20, pleaded guilty to having a firearm as a convicted felon and improper transportation of a firearm in a motor vehicle. County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin also dismissed a second case charging Childs with the same crimes.

Childs was sentenced in December 2008 by Bruzzese to three years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery, with a firearm specification. He was bound over from juvenile court to adult court at age 16. Childs was released from prison in September 2011 and was on parole when a car he was riding in was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on June 8 on Mall Drive.

Hanlin said the trooper reported the driver, Dominque O. Shafer, 21, of Clarksville, Ind., had already pulled the key out of the ignition, something the trooper said was odd. The trooper also reported both Shafer and Childs gave conflicting stories of where they had been and were they were heading. A handgun was found in the car’s glove box, Hanlin said.

Childs was sent back to prison on the parole violation and will be released on April 22. Bruzzese ordered the nine-month sentence to then begin.

Shafer pleaded guilty to one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle shortly after his July indictment and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.