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Wed. 1:57pm: Men plead in suffocation deaths

February 20, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

YOUNGSTOWN - The last of three men who were charged in the suffocation deaths of two others was sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison.

Kenneth Moncrief, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, a count of arson and a count of aggravated robbery before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Sweeney, who immediately handed down the sentence.

Moncrief was accused of the Aug. 9, 2009, deaths of Jaron Roland, 20, and Darry Woods-Burt, 19. Woods-Burt and Roland were bound with duct tape before having garbage bags placed over their heads, which were also bound by duct tape, inside a Fairgreen Avenue home.

After the two died, their bodies were put in a car, which was taken to the banks of the Mahoning River and set on fire. A fisherman found the car and called the fire department. Firefighters found the bodies.

Tuesday, Joseph Moreland, 30, pleaded guilty to similar charges plus involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery for another murder in 2009 and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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