Teenager sentenced on drug, gun charges

STEUBENVILLE — Nyzaire King, 19, of Steubenville was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller after King pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges.

King pleaded guilty to charges of having a weapon under disability, drug trafficking and two counts of drug possession.

Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said King was not permitted to be in possession of a handgun stemming from a 2017 juvenile court case in which King was charged with aggravated robbery. She said King served time in a state youth detention facility for that crime. He also was charged with breaking and entering in 2015 in juvenile court, Hanlin said.

City Police reported King has been the target of several shootings.

King was shot on April 5 in the city’s South End. Torrance Lyda, 26, of Steubenville and Quinchaya L. Thompson, 24, of Wintersville were both indicted in connection with the shooting, with each facing attempted murder and felonious assault charges. Their cases are pending.

Hanlin said King had posted videos on Snapchat showing him with a handgun following his released from the hospital.

Police detectives executed a search warrant at King’s residence at 1507 Maryland Ave. on May 2. They reported finding King sleeping on the floor. Officers reported finding a handgun, cash, various ammunition and gun accessories.

Police reported finding bags of cocaine.

King also was charged with being in possession of cocaine on April 25.

Defense attorney Charles Amato of Wellsville asked Miller to take into consideration King’s age and sentence him to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Amato said King can be rehabilitated in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, adding prison is just a “school for crime.”

Miller said she couldn’t ignore the drugs and gun violence going on in the community, including gangs.

“In your two years, I hope something catches your attention of the path you have chosen,” the judge said to King.

Miller ordered $1,191 in cash and the gun confiscated during the search of King’s residence be forfeited to the City Police Department.