Thu., 4:45 pm: Man who attacked Tribune carriers sentenced to 9 years

WARREN – A 27-year-old local man pleaded guilty Thursday to a series of charges stemming from an attack on two Tribune Chronicle newspaper carriers in January.

Darren Lee of 1741 West Ave., said nothing as Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice handed down the sentence, honoring a plea agreement worked out between a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, possession of cocaine and heroin, all with firearm specifications, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability that pertains to a prior conviction in 2013 for possession of drugs that forbids him from handling firearms.

The firearm specifications totaled four years of the sentence and felonious assault charges amounted to five-year concurrent sentences that run consecutively to the firearm specifications.

Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker praised quick work by Patrolmen Chris Martin and Justin Fenstermaker. “After shots were fired they caught Lee red-handed and caught him with the gun and the drugs,” Becker said.

Lee fired his gun at Michael Young, 43, and his 18-year-old daughter Jennifer on Jan. 30.

Read more about this story in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.