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Man sent to prison in first of 3 felony cases

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    Curtis Mack, left, and his attorney, J.D. Tomlinson, in Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi's courtroom Tuesday in Elyria.

    DAVE O'BRIEN / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — A judge Tuesday sent Curtis Mack to prison for one year for a gun crime in the first of three felony cases filed based on crimes he allegedly committed in the past year.

Facing three separate trials on multiple felony charges, Mack, 20, of Thornwood Boulevard in Elyria, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi to felony charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and obstructing official business, all fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

Miraldi immediately sentenced Mack to a mandatory term of one year in prison on a firearms specification attached to the charges, plus an additional six months in prison to be served consecutively. The six-month sentence, to commence once Mack has served his one year in prison, will be wiped out due to Mack receiving credit for approximately 200 days already served in the Lorain County Jail awaiting trial.

Mack’s attorney, J.D. Tomlinson, asked the judge only for the minimum sentence as it was his client’s first adult felony conviction. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Pete Gauthier made no recommendation as to sentencing.

Mack, who made no statement upon sentencing, requested Miraldi send him for a presentence investigation by probation officials for his own mental health and to spend time with family before going to prison.

“I want to get on the right medication, your honor,” Mack said, adding that he has been diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar and schizophrenic disorders. “I understand I’m going to the joint (prison), there’s no getting around that.”

Miraldi denied the request, saying that Mack picked up not one but two additional felony cases while out on bond in the case that was resolved Tuesday.

“You kept picking up cases, they were serious, while you were out on bond,” Miraldi told Mack, adding that part of his job is to order a bond that ensures Mack both shows up in court and also that protects the public.

Tuesday ended the case that arose from Mack possessing a stolen firearm during an arrest by Lorain police last year. While low-level felonies don’t normally mandate prison time, possession of the gun led to additional possible penalties.

Mack posted bond after being indicted in that case and was released from jail. He was arrested again Oct. 19, by Elyria police and the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in connection with the Oct. 6 shooting of 27-year-old Aaron Jackson at Wilkes Villa apartments in the 100 block of Hodge Court.

The shooting, which happened while a group of people were making a rap video, occurred after a confrontation that dissolved into a physical fight and then gunfire. Mack and Jackson also may have had a dispute with each other, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said late last year.

Mack shot Jackson in the left calf as Jackson ran away, according to Elyria police, and four additional rounds hit the door of a nearby residence, Will said.

A grand jury indicted Mack in December on charges including attempted murder, felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into habitation. That case will be set for another hearing in September, Miraldi said Tuesday.

While free on bond Jan. 3, Mack was one of three men shot and wounded while riding in a car in the 1000 block of Barbara Street in Elyria. The men managed to drive to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for treatment while being chased and all survived their wounds.

An Elyria police investigation later identified Marco Mendoza as the alleged triggerman in that case. He faces charges including discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability and is next due in Miraldi’s courtroom Monday, according to court records.

That shooting arose from a dispute between Mendoza and two of the men that spilled over into text messages and ended when Mendoza decided to shoot at them, Will said in January.

Then in April, grand jurors came back with an indictment against Mack for burglary, having weapons while under disability, menacing by stalking, breaking and entering, aggravated menacing, telecommunications harassment and criminal damaging or endangering in a third, separate case.

In that case, Mack allegedly sent pictures of an acquaintance’s jewelry box to her via social media, proving he had been in her house without permission. She contacted police, Will said this spring.

In another Snapchat photo, Mack showed the victim her car, its windows broken out and allegedly poured gasoline in it. He also was wanted on a warrant at the same time, fled from pursuing officers and was eventually captured.

Then, while in jail, Mack allegedly solicited someone else to make a phone call to offer money to the victim if she would drop the charges, according to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office.

Contact Dave O’Brien at 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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