Farrell man guilty of using firearm while drug trafficking - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Farrell man guilty of using firearm while drug trafficking

Posted: Updated:
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -

A resident of Farrell has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of brandishing a firearm associated with the crime of drug trafficking.

Under a plea agreement, Jashaad Coleman, 20, of Spearman Avenue will receive a sentence of seven years, to be served consecutively to the four-year to 11-year sentence Coleman is currently serving in Pennsylvania state custody for a firearm and robbery conviction.

In the early morning hours of July 31, 2012, a vehicle carrying two individuals known to be associated with drug trafficking was stopped by officers of the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department.

Prosecutors say Coleman knew that the vehicle was carrying crack cocaine, and upon learning that this vehicle had been pulled over by police, he rode to the scene of the stop.

There, Coleman fired a 9 mm firearm toward the officers, with the goal of distracting the officers from the vehicle that they had stopped. The officers took cover, and both the occupants of the vehicle and the crack cocaine were not recovered by the police.

In February, 2013, Coleman was tried before a Mercer County jury for unauthorized possession of a firearm as it related to the shooting. Coleman was acquitted of this crime. Federal charges were then brought resulting in the guilty plea to the federal firearms charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 16, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.

Pending sentencing, the court detained Coleman pursuant to the four-year to 11-year sentence Coleman is currently is serving in the State of Pennsylvania.


  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:34 GMT
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
  • Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
  • Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms