Former Youngstown city worker and FBI agent jailed
After lengthy legal battles, a former Youngstown city employee who was at one time an FBI agent has been sent to jail.
A visiting judge sitting in Youngstown Municipal Court ordered on Wednesday that 49-year-old Sheila Lawson immediately begin serving a 100 day sentence in the Mahoning County Jail.
The judge found that Lawson, a former Youngstown Municipal Court administrator, violated terms of probation for an earlier conviction of domestic violence.
In March 2012, Lawson was arrested for hitting her father during an argument at their Youngstown home. She was convicted of domestic violence the following September and sentenced to 100 days in jail.
The Seventh District Court of Appeals subsequently denied Lawson's appeal of the misdemeanor conviction in March, and the Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the case in July.
Lawson served as Youngstown Municipal Court administrator from December 2008 until March 2009, when she was terminated.
According to documents filed in connection with a federal civil suit that Lawson filed against the city when she was fired from her court job, Lawson was employed with The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington D.C. office from July 2002 through July 2006 as a Special Agent, Acting Unit Chief, and Supervisory Special Agent.
A judge dismissed the $2.2 million dollar racial discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit last year.
In her order, U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson described Lawson's failure to make herself available for a deposition as, “simply the last act in a rather tragic play.”
Judge Person noted that the people named in the suit spent almost three years attempting to defend themselves against Lawson's allegations which, without the Plaintiff's deposition, they cannot properly defend.
Lawson acted as her own attorney in the case.