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Newell man sentenced for assault, harassment of cops

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Mason A. Taylor, 20, Newell, W.Va., was sentenced to three to four and a half years in prison for felonious assault, intimidation and three counts of harassment with a bodily substance. On Aug. 2, Taylor harmed Matthew Jerome with a handheld metal object with pointed ends. Prior to that, on Jan. 9, 2020, Taylor threatened Salem police and expelled a bodily substance onto officers Elizabeth Perry, David Young and Mike Garber.

Diego B. Gonzalez, 32, Youngstown, stipulated to violating terms of his community control, which was dishonorably terminated. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail for the permitting drug abuse conviction but credited with time already served.

Robert L. Butcher, 31, Y and O Road, Wellsville, stipulated to violations of his intervention treatment plan and ordered to continue on community control. Butcher was on his intervention plan after pleading guilty to possession of fentanyl-related compound and possession of cocaine for having both substances on Dec. 1, 2018.

Michael A. Howell, 42, Alliance, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Howell faces up to three years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a lifetime license suspension. Sentencing is set for May 6. Howell fled from police on May 3, 2019, endangering himself and others.

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