WARREN - A Warren man was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison Thursday after a jury in March convicted him of breaking into a home and stealing a flat-screen TV and the homeowner's vehicle. He was caught while the homeowner was still on the phone with a police dispatcher.
Ademilson Smith, 31, of Woodbine Avenue S.E., who has remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $35,000 since his arrest Sept. 25, 2011, told Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice that he would file an appeal on the sentence.
It's the fourth time Smith was sentenced to prison.
He has already served six months in prison in 2009 for two counts of breaking and entering; eight months in 2010 for breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools; and seven months in 2011 for a conviction for breaking and entering.
In this case, Smith broke into the home on Atlantic Street N.E., where the homeowner, Tim Sekela, said he heard his own vehicle being driven out of his driveway.
Sekela called police and remained on the line while Warren patrolmen Mike Edwards and Bryan Holmes spotted Sekela's purple Toyota RAV4 pulling into a housing project where they were working.
Assistant county prosecutor Michael Burnett said it took between seven and 11 minutes between the time Sekela woke up and when the two officers stopped the vehicle, with the TV in the back seat and Sekela's wallet in his jacket.
Smith's attorney Dennis DiMartino was the fifth attorney retained in the case by Smith, who earlier demanded a ''jury of his peers'' consisting of 12 Brazilians.
Previously Smith was arrested for breaking into several attorneys' offices in downtown Warren. He also was arrested in a sting by a Howland detective after trying to sell $300 in stolen Dungeons & Dragons handbooks, dice and player pieces that were stolen from a man's car.
Smith tried to sell the items to a dealer who knew the rightful owner of the property.