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Adams gets maximum sentence in Coats killing

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE
Tove Adams (center) exits Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi's court room along side of Defense attorney Kenneth Lieux (left) after his sentencing on Friday morning, May 21.

ELYRIA – Tove Adams was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence, for gunning down Anthony Coats nearly two years ago in Elyria. Adams, 44, didn’t speak during the hearing because his attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said his client plans to appeal. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Donna Freeman asked county Common Read More…

Davis pleads guilty to attacking cellmate; still awaiting murder trial

ELYRIA — Accused killer Benjamin Davis pleaded guilty Monday to attempted felonious assault for attacking his former cellmate inside the Lorain County Jail. Davis, who could get the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and other charges for the December slaying of Robert Caudill, immediately was sentenced to four years in prison by county Read More…

Brown cuts deal, avoids death penalty in double murder

Dale Linder Sr. talks to Donna Brown as he makes his victim impact statement talking about the death of his sons. Brown showed no emotion at all during sentencing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Convicted killer Donna Brown cut a deal with prosecutors Monday that spared her a possible death sentence in exchange for her agreeing to serve a prison term of 60 years to life. Aside from refusing to look at photos of the two men she killed when their father, Dale Linder Sr., held them Read More…

$3,000 fine, no jail for Burge (VIDEO)

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge grinned broadly as he was surrounded by supporters following a sentencing hearing Thursday in which he was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for discrepancies on financial disclosure forms. Burge called the sentence handed down by Visiting Judge Dale Crawford “charitable” and said he is Read More…

Prosecutors argue Burge should be sentenced for felonies

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge should be sentenced on felony charges, Assistant Ohio Attorney General Matt Donahue wrote in court documents filed this morning. Donahue’s argument was filed an hour before Burge’s sentencing hearing before Visiting Judge Dale Crawford. Burge’s lawyer Michael Stepanik has argued that a technical error in Read More…

LCCC firestarter charged with sending powder to Summit County offices

Drew Manns

Drew Manns, the Elyria man serving prison time for setting fire to Lorain County Community College, has been indicted on federal charges accusing him of sending a white powdery substance he claimed was anthrax to Summit County government offices. Manns, 31, is charged with two counts each of making threatening communications and sending false information Read More…

Adams found guilty of Coats murder

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ELYRIA – Tove Adams was cleared of aggravated murder, but found guilty of murder and other charges, this morning for the June 2013 slaying of Anthony Coats. The jury deliberated roughly five hours over two days before returning the verdict this morning in a packed courtroom. Adams, a 44-year-old registered sex offender, will face a Read More…

Adams claims self defense on the stand

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ELYRIA – Tove Adams testified Thursday that he was defending himself when he opened fire on the car driven by Anthony Coats nearly two years ago, killing Coats. “The car came at me where I was on the sidewalk, and I jumped to the side, and I started shooting at the car,” Adams said during Read More…

Defense attorney challenges prosecution witness in Adams trial

ELYRIA — Defense attorney Kenneth Lieux challenged the credibility of a key prosecution witness against accused killer Tove Adams during a heated cross-examination Tuesday on the second day of Adams’ aggravated murder trial. Adams, 44, is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Coats on June, 2, 2013, as Coats was dropping off Sara Colon, Adams’ then-girlfriend, Read More…

Donna Brown found guilty in cousins’ murders

Donna Brown, accused of killing two cousins, appears in court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Donna Brown barely shifted in her chair Tuesday as Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery read off a series of guilty verdicts that could ultimately lead to a death sentence. It took jurors 13½ hours of deliberations over two days to conclude that Brown, 27, had planned and carried out the slayings Read More…