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Prison sentence ordered in gun case

June 13, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Chavelle O. McGee, 31, of Steubenville was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Judge David Henderson after McGee pleaded guilty to having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence.

McGee was arrested by City Police on March 20 after an officer chased him and McGee threw away a gun he had in his possession.

Police reported an officer saw McGee in the area of South Seventh and Adams street. Knowing there were warrants for his arrest, the officer drove up and told McGee to stay but McGee took off running, police reported. The officer lost sight of McGee but later saw him in the 100 block of South Eighth Street and he was placed under arrest.

Police reported McGee's sunglasses, hat and a gun were found beside a house in the 100 block of South Eighth Street.

McGee's trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Henderson's court. The county prosecutor's office had offered to recommend McGee be sentenced to one year in prison during negotiations last week. County Assistant Prosecutor George Sarap and defense attorney Eric Reszke couldn't agree on a joint sentencing recommendation on Tuesday so Henderson sentenced McGee to two years in prison.

McGee pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in cocaine in 2004 and was sentenced to two years of probation. He was given a lifetime weapons disability at the time.

McGee also served two years in prison in West Virginia on a conspiracy to deliver drugs conviction in that state.

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