Steubenville man sentenced to prison

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was sentenced to prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Monday after facing several charges related to gang activity and an incident last year.

Westley Bowling, 25, of 457 S. Fifth St. was found guilty on a charge of felonious assault, with gun and gang specifications, and having a weapon under disability. He was sentenced by Bruzzese to six years in prison, the first three of which are mandatory.

The Jefferson County grand jury on June 6 indicted Bowling in connection with a gunfight on May 21 in the city’s South End.

At the time, City Police believed Bowling was the man who got out of a SUV on May 21 in the 400 block of South Fifth Street and began firing shots at a group of people outside an apartment. Police said people outside the apartment returned fire. Two apartments were hit by stray bullets but nobody was hit with the gunfire, police reported. During testimony, county Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Bowling got out of the SUV and began waiving a red flag, the colors of a gang, to incite the other group, and then began firing the shots.

Bowling previously was sentenced in July 2005 to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, having a gun as a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.