Sell in Alliance court after sentencing

LISBON – Conner Sell, the West Branch graduate who was sentenced in Columbiana County Municipal Court last week to 90 days with work release privileges on a vehicular manslaughter charge, apparently appeared the next day in Alliance Municipal Court on other charges.

A pretrial has been set there on Aug. 7 for Sell, 20, Mill Circle, Alliance, on charges of failure to control, leaving the scene of a crash and open container. According to court documents, Sell is accused of having a bottle of rum on the passenger floor board of his vehicle on June 29.

“I was unaware there was anything pending,” county Municipal Court Judge Mark Frost said of Sell’s sentencing hearing.

Frost continued that he did not believe the information was deliberately withheld by any attorneys involved.

“I will be looking into it,” Frost said. “If this is true I am not happy to hear this because this does not reflect the picture I was painted.”

According to court documents, Sell appeared on July 10 before Alliance Municipal Court Judge Robert G. Laverly, was found indigent and appointed a public offender. He remained out of jail on bond there.

In Columbiana County Municipal Court, Sell was given until Aug. 1 to complete his current school semester before beginning his jail sentence. He was fined $750 and had his license suspended for two years with limited privileges to his job, school, counseling and church. Sell had been represented by attorney Jeffrey Jakmides, who had assured the court Sell was attending counseling for his alcohol-related issues. He is to be placed on three years probation.

Sell was sentenced here for his connection in the 2012 death of Jesse Mitchell, a 19-year-old from Alliance, who was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier east on Hartley Road on Feb. 17, 2012, when his car was struck by a Toyota Celica driven by Sell, who was southbound on Knox School Road. Sell had originally been charged with vehicular homicide, but pleaded to a lesser vehicular manslaughter charge.

Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. and family members of Mitchell appeared at the hearing on July 9 and had expressed hope Sell would learn from what happened. No mention was made of the citations he was facing in Alliance the next day.

The June 29 traffic stop by the Highway Patrol would have been prior to his appearance in court here.