STEUBENVILLE - Two men charged with being in possession of guns as convicted felons were sentenced Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.
Brandon T. Garrison, 24, of 310 S. Fifth St. was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and having a gun as a convicted felon.
Garrison was walking with a group of men in the middle of Carnegie Avenue, between Euclid and Ridge avenues, on April 30. The officer said he was going to write citations to the men for failure to use a sidewalk.
A sheriff's deputy saw a handgun on one of the men. That man was arrested. Garrison tried to take off running but was caught and had a firearm in his possession, police reported.
Garrison pleaded guilty in 2010 to carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to six months in prison. He then was given a lifetime weapons disability.
Garrison told Henderson he knew he wasn't supposed to be carrying a gun but said he did because it was a "tough neighborhood."
Hakeem C. Herbert, 23, of 458 Spring Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to tampering with evidence and having a gun as a convicted felon.
County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said there was a shooting incident at Club 106 on South Street on Oct. 27. A man fired shots outside the club, and Herbert and Lonnie L. Smith, 32, of 1106 Claire Ave. returned fire. Smith on Monday pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and having a weapon as a convicted felon. Henderson ordered a presentence investigation for Smith.
Bruzzese said Herbert and Smith threw the guns in the river after the shooting.
Bruzzese was asking for 30 months in prison for Herbert but defense attorney Aaron Miller asked Henderson to sentence Herbert to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.
Herbert has prior drug convictions in Chicago but hasn't served any prison time.
Herbert claimed he was unaware those drug convictions prevented him from carrying a firearm.
Henderson said Herbert will be on probation for two years, and Herbert he faces up to 30 months in prison if he violates probation.