Gang member sentenced to 25 years

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A convicted gang member was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday morning.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 22, 2011

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A convicted gang member was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday morning.

One of Denarea Swain's attorneys maintained that Swain was only part of a rap group, not a criminal gang, and asked the judge for the minimum sentenced.

But Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette said that isn't the case, sending a message that Sandusky residents deserve a safe place to live without fear of gang violence.

The 25-year-old’s repeat behavior related to activities with a Sandusky gang, particularly a shooting on Hancock Street in June 2010, earned him a 13-year sentence.

Additional charges earned him another 12 years on top of that in court Monday morning.

Earlier this month, a jury found Swain guilty of engaging in pattern for corrupt activity and participating in a criminal gang.

Jurors found him not guilty of attempted murder and felonious assault related to the Hancock Street shooting incident.

For more on this developing story and on what local officials say about gang violence, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

Comments

I Judge you

This guy has a facebook page and it's open to the public. By looking and some of the wall post from his friends it dosent look like he hungout with the best Sandusky has to offer. Here is just one of post from one of his friends "THE FAM STILL da Fam...and We still WINNING!!! A couple real ni--az gone...a couple trill ni--az locked up!! Buts its all gravy....we still wavy!! EVen when we boxed up!" Oh now thats special.

 

WhatTheHeck

 Julie R........bash Binette now as being a light sentencer! Thanks Judge for putting some guts in the sentence

donutshopguy

 Thank you Judge Binette for letting the criminal element in our county know "Were mad as he!! and we are not going to take it anymore"

goofus

A spy??? You mean like Brutus, a double naught spy??

I Judge you

Yes just like Jethro,

frizzlefrap

mr. swain can also take on a rehab job ... like ..... FRY COOK, or, BRAIN SURGEON! ...... plus he will also be a true member of a gang ..... when THEY ...... BANG HIM!

Julie R.

@ WhatTheHeck: After all the dishonest, unfair and unlawful scams that Beverly McGookey and Roger Binette pulled off to cover up crimes committed by WHITE people that their attorney buds were involved in against an elderly person at the end of her life  ---- and you actually think I'm going to applaud Judge Roger Binette for sentencing some BLACK guy to a harsh 25-year prison sentence? Sorry, but I'm not that ignorant. The way I see it --- a REAL Judge follows the law ALL of the time, not just SOME of the time.   

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The tt

What's the difference between a "rap group member" and a "gang member."  Aren't cRappers just gang members that conduct their business to a present rhythm?

Steph0617

Who are any of you to judge anybody?????  We are human and we make mistakes, you don't know us so don't sit there and judge Denarea.  There are all these rapists and child molestors and murderers walking these streets but because he is accused of being in a gang and has a little bit of a back ground does not make it right to give him 25 years or for any of you to sit there and judge us.  Only god can judge us so grow up and keep your nasty comments to yourselves while his family and friends take it in that he wont be able to raise his children or spend time with any of us!!!!!!  And STOP being facebook stalkers!!!!

Steph0617

Who are any of you to judge anybody?????  We are human and we make mistakes, you don't know us so don't sit there and judge Denarea.  There are all these rapists and child molestors and murderers walking these streets but because he is accused of being in a gang and has a little bit of a back ground does not make it right to give him 25 years or for any of you to sit there and judge us.  Only god can judge us so grow up and keep your nasty comments to yourselves while his family and friends take it in that he wont be able to raise his children or spend time with any of us!!!!!!  And STOP being facebook stalkers!!!!

Hmm

Steph if we left all the judging to God there would be chaos.  Sorry, but a civilized society has to judge.

Steph0617

yea its sad that society judges us....u nor anybody else on here commenting on this does not know him or any of us for that matter...i'm not justifying what he did because I know it was wrong just as well as it is for him to be sitting in prison for 25 years...it's crazy how the justice system is here...somebody could be rapist or a child molestor and they wouldnt of gotten 25 years...it has happened multiple times here.  its just messed up the judicial system is f*****...excuse my language.

lugnut2511

 Steph, he was found guilty!!!! Like it or not, you commit the crime your paying somehow

Hmm

Anyone that is convicted and sentenced for a crime can always find someone who got a lesser punishment for a bigger crime.  Justy saying...

acw2013

Steph0617.. AMEN!!! Im with you 100% on your comment... EVERYBODY can quit labeling my brother as a "gangster".. DONT none you know DeNarea.. so quit speaking on his name. If my brother was a "gangster" then trust me he would of been rolling around the city of Sandusky with nice cars with espensive rims.. and would of owned his own house. I bet every last one of you people that's saying negative comments about my brother, dosn't have a clean record yourself.. You guys are going by hear say, don't NOBODY know the full story.. During trail there was NO reliable witnesses... Every police officer that spoke aganist my brother was lien.. What "gangster" do you know graduates from high school with an honors diploma, and attends college???? NONE.. If my brother was such a "gangster" he would of been a drop out, never would of played sports during jr high and high school.. Ohh and let me remind you guys SPD NEVER once found a gun in my brother's possession, & the gun they did find NEVER once had my brother's DNA on it. DeNarea is NOT A GANGSTER.. Yes he have made mistakes, but everybody makes mistakes.. no one on earth is perfect.. everybody has flaws.. WHO IS YOU TO JUDGE ANYONE???? The only person that will be doing the judging is the man above.. OHH & BLACK POINT IS NO GANG.. THEY ARE BROTHERS!!!!!!!!

Steph0617

acw I dont think that i clda said it any better... ive known narea forever and a day....we know the truth

acw2013

That is exactly what I am saying. This blog is full of nothing but racist people. Don't nobody know DeNarea like I do. I'm not going to argue with anybody. Reims only got 12 1/2 years for rape. My brother NEVER once harmed anyone. The man above have the finial say so. So everybody can quit judging DeNarea. Like I said he is NO "GANGSTER"

CaughtYOU

So you think coming on here and trying to justify what he did is going to help him?! You are his family, of course he isn't what they say he is, to you! Just because he graduated with honors (which im sure i could find out if thats actually true or not), and played sports DOES NOT mean he is not a wannabe gangster. BPM is a gang and you know that just as well as I do. Of course they are not going to call they selves a gang, gangs are illegal. If they're not a gang why do you have to get jumped in or commit a criminal act in order to be a part of them? If he truly cared about his life and education, he would have went to an out of town college, and no 'Firelands BGSU' does not constitute as an "out of town" college. IF he wanted to do more with his life, he had the opportunity to do so. It is his own fault that his children will not know him or spend time with him, as well as his family. He made his own choices. He's a grown man. I'm sure no one held a gun to his head or did something to make him feel that his life was in jeopardy and said that he had to do it. Accept that he did wrong and stop trying to justify what he did.

Buff

As a citizen of Erie County, State of Ohio, when one is charged with a crime and is duly convicted of that crime, he can, and in this case was,  judged by the Judge that heard his case.  He then may be sentenced to a prison term that falls within the statutorily proscribed limits.  If he disputes either whether his conviction or his sentence is valid for whatever reason, his recourse is with the Court of Appeals.  As of earlier today, he is a convicted felon serving a properly administered sentence.  I guess the old adage applies; If you play with fire, you're likely to get burned. 

Steph0617

regardless there is no evidence proving he did anything

wiredmama222

This should be a Ricco action for the Fed.  In case you don't know what that is (not trying to insult anyone's intelligence here) but when two or more people engage in an illegal enterprise for gain, it is considered a Ricco case. 

This fits so his "peeps" should go right down with him. 

Someone call the Feds!!!!!! 

Buff

There is also an Ohio RICO statute.  He was already convicted of that under Ohio law. 

althenaruby

25 years is excessive.  I agree that what he did was wrong but 25 years??  Man rapes a 12 year old and he gets 8 years. He had TWENTY-SIX counts of sexual battery. Man rapes a 3, 5 and 12 not just once but over a long period of time and he only gets 10 years.  Another got 4 years for killing a BABY. Raping an 8 year old gets you 2 two year sentences that they let him serve at the same time.  HOW IS THIS FAIR AND JUST?

Steph0617

althenaruby,

i agree with you all the way this crap is crazy...

lugnut2511

 Different judges and maybe the judges are now reading the past post of citizens that are tired of seeing these criminals getting awaqy with such soft sentences and electiosn for certain judges are coming up soon? Just saying

Dick Tracey

Looks like Sandusky be, sucka free, for the next 25 years.

czechurself

Not quite Dick

Restless1

From some of the comments here, Sandusky will dearly miss this upstanding citizen.

streak

We all know that Deneara and his peeps started the Black Point Mafia, so don't act like he didn't. He was involved in a gang and his rap sheet supports it more. Sandusky is a better and safer place without him in the city.

wiredmama222

To ACW 2013:  I mean absolutely NO offense, but take a page from your brother's book.  If he truly was a good student ( honor student and all), you need to hit the books more.  Look at your spelling.  You wording.  Its a dishonor to your brother  

The police were not "lien".  Don't you mean "lying"  .  If you think I am trivializing this, I am not.  I doubt, since you say is was such a fine, upstanding citizen, that he would appreciate being embarrased by you and that post. 

I don't  know if the cops lied.  I don't know your brother.  But he was found guilty of crimes under the law.  It is unfortunate that it happened but he is a grown up.  He chose the type of life he was leading. It wasn't forced upon him, it was a CHOICE.  His choice.  And now he has to pay for that choice. So don't be mad because people are criticizing it.  They are tired of being the victims of other people's choices in Sandusky.  They are tired of the crime. 

If he and his friends did not make decisions that affected others so deeply, they would be standing up for him, not tearing him down.  I hope you can understand that.  So take a lesson here and do some good. 

Stop being bitter and make a choice yourself to do some good with YOUR life.  Don't fall in with the wrong sort that makes the wrong decisions by settling things with violence and disrepect.  Maybe you can make a difference.  I bet your brother will be proud. 

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