Rogers murder suspect being sentenced Tuesday in child endangering case
A Salineville man already awaiting trial on a host of charges, including aggravated murder, won’t go on trial on charges filed in one of the other cases he faced.
Justin Givens had been scheduled to go on trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. However, in a plea agreement worked out last week, Givens pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle and endangering children. A charge of obstructing justice was dropped.
The prosecutor is recommending fifteen months in jail when Givens is sentenced on July 10.
That case stems from an incident the day after Christmas in 2021; nearly three months before Givens allegedly shot and killed 67-year-old Mary Ann McGuire, whose body was found at her Depot Road home in Hanoverton in March of 2022.
That case resulted in a ten-count indictment charging Givens with aggravated murder, murder, grand theft, tampering with evidence, drug possession, and endangering children. Givens is scheduled to go on trial on those charges on July 18.
Givens has also pleaded guilty to charges of having weapons under a disability and attempted escape for incidents that occurred around the same time as McGuire’s murder. He’ll be sentenced at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the courtroom of Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge Scott Washam.
In yet another separate case, arraignment is scheduled for arraignment on May 4th on a charge of possessing a deadly weapon while under detention.
According to a secret indictment, Givens had a razor blade while he was in the Columbiana County Jail in October.