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Man Gets Jail for Fighting Undercover Agent!
Posted by FoM on July 18, 1999 at 07:06:52 PT
By Stephen Hudak, Plain Dealer Reporter
Source: Cleveland Live
MEDINA -A man convicted of brawling with undercover drug agents on Bronson St. would have been spared a prison sentence yesterday if he hadn't had a prior felony record.
In the morning, Edward L. Freeman Jr., 24, was sentenced to 10 months in jail - with credit for six months already served, although prosecutors argued he deserved prison because the assault on police showed "his nefarious conduct has no boundaries."Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler also was willing to enroll Freeman in Oriana House in Akron, a community-based correctional facility that emphasizes education, job skill instruction and drug rehabilitation.But in the afternoon, Freeman was sentenced to serve two years in prison.Prosecutors made the same plea for prison to Judge Christopher J. Collier when Freeman appeared before him yesterday on a probation violation. Freeman has been on probation since he was convicted of burglary in July 1996.Collier said Freeman, who had a lengthy juvenile record, had run out of chances.Co-defendant Michael Powell, meanwhile, whose trial ended last month with the jury unable to reach a verdict, was released on a personal recognizance bond. It was his first day out of jail since his arrest on Bronson St. on Jan. 15.Prosecutors have said they have not decided whether to retry Powell.Powell's lawyer, Ronald Spears, disputed a prosecutor's claim that Powell, who did not land or throw a punch during the scuffle, provided "muscle" for Daryl Inman, the Youngstown man who admitted assaulting agent Dave Posten.Inman, who pleaded guilty this week to the assault, is scheduled to be sentenced officially in August.Prosecutors said he agreed to the plea after he was promised he would receive a six-month jail sentence and credit for the six months he has already served in the Medina County Jail. He also will be required to stay out of Medina.Inman, 24, who was released on bond Wednesday, was arrested by Medina police who found him walking on Bronson St. - apparently in violation of the judge's order. Police then drove him to the city limits and released him.Kimbler said he had not decided whether he would add penalties to Inman's sentence for ignoring his order.The men were charged after a scuffle Jan. 15 with Posten, who was posing as a competing drug dealer during an investigation of drug sales on Bronson St. Neighborhood complaints had prompted the undercover police probe.Phone: 1-800-683-7348 e-mail: shudak plaind.com Pubdate: July 17, 19991999 THE PLAIN DEALER. 
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Comment #1 posted by ricky l. anthony on January 07, 2001 at 18:17:10 PT:
medina police (fighting undercover police)
I AM POSTING FROM VIRGINIA AND I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THIS INCIDENT. I JUST HAPPEN TO KNOW ALL THE YOUNG MEN INVOLVED IN THIS CASE. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MEDINA AND HAVE HAD THIS STORY TOLD TO ME MANY TIMES AND HAVE SPOKEN DIRECTLY TO TWO OF THE MEN INVOLVED. THIS CASE IS BOGUS AND THERE IS A GOOD REASON THAT ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS WAS NOT CONVICTED. THE OTHER DEFENDANT WAS ONLY CONVICTED BECAUSE HE HAD PRIOR CONVICTIONS. THE OTHER PERSON INVOLVED WOULD RATHER PLEA BARGAIN THAN FACE ANY COURT OR JUDGE IN MEDINA WHICH MOST AFRICAN AMERICANS THAT LIVE IN MEDINA CONSIDER TO BE LIKE THE 1950"S IN MISSISSIPPI.
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