City man sentenced in shooting series

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge David Henderson in connection with a series of shootings in June.

Carl J. Cason Jr., 21, of 1150 Oregon Ave. pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, all with firearm specifications, tampering with evidence and two counts of having a weapon under disability. He must serve a mandatory sentence of at least 12 years before being eligible for parole.

On the second shooting incident, Cason was sentenced to another 14 years to run concurrently after pleading guilty to two more counts of felonious assault with gun specifications, tampering with evidence and possession of a weapon under disability.

Cason was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Aug. 7 in connection with separate shootings in the city. One indictment was in connection with a shooting outside the Hawk Gas Station on South Seventh Street on June 25.

At the time, police believe Cason fired a shot that struck a juvenile in the leg and fired another shot that missed an adult male at the gas station.

Cason was indicted in that case on two counts of felonious assault, with firearm specifications, and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence.

Cason also was indicted in connection with an Oct. 27 shooting inside Club 106 on South Street.

At the time, the Jefferson County prosecutor said a man was grazed in the head with a bullet in the shooting.

Police also believe Cason was involved in a shots fired call on Summit Avenue, near Claire Avenue, after the Club 106 shooting. Police also believe Cason was involved in yet another shooting incident, but charges were dropped after witnesses failed to testify against Cason.

Cason was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on Aug. 1 at 405 Garden Ave. in Weirton after law enforcement officials received information Cason was residing in Weirton.

(Staff writer Mark Law contributed to this story.)