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$500,000 bond for suspects in deadly Niles home invasion

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WARREN, Ohio - Bond is set at $500,000 each for the two remaining suspects charged in connection with a burglary plot that turned deadly for one of their alleged accomplices.

Scott C. Crislip, 18, of Cedar Street and Nichole R. Allen, 35, of Morris Street, Mineral Ridge appeared in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Friday to answer charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators say  the two conspired with Michael S. Burns, 33, of Mineral Ridge; and Mindy C. Sierra, 32, of Mineral Ridge to steal copper from homes on July 12.

According to police, one of those alleged accomplices, Terry Allen of Mineral Ridge was shot to death by a homeowner as he attempted to break in through the front door of a home on Niles Cortland Road.

Burns and Sierra are also charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The homeowner is not being charged.

"He was in fear for his safety for his life," said Capt. Ken Criswell with the Niles Police Department. "I mean if you could hear one or two, or three people outside your home in the dark, and you hear boards creaking and people are trying to break in, I think everybody here, and everybody that'll see this interview, would be equally frightened."

County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins cited previous case law that he says allows the filing of murder charges against co-conspirators in a crime that turns deadly for one of the people involved.

"We can send the message to these kinds of bums, because that's what they are, they are bums who are breaking into homes, steeling copper, committing major felony offensives, that if in fact one of your cohorts is killed during that process you will be prosecuted and you will be charged with murder," said Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker.

 

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