Tyler Eugene Burrell, age 23, formerly of Zanesville, Ohio was sentenced by Judge David A. Ellwood of the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court on February 26, 2013 for his role in the June 24, 2012 deaths of Christopher Morrison and Justain Nelson.
Burrell was convicted on December 21, 2012 on two counts of Complicity to Commit Involuntary Manslaughter and one count of Complicity to Commit Aggravated Robbery, all felonies of the first degree.
Following presentation of statements from Guernsey County Prosecutor, Daniel G. Padden, Defendant and his attorney, as well as family members of each of the victims, Judge Ellwood imposed a sentence of fifteen years of imprisonment. That sentence was in accordance with the terms of a negotiated plea under which Burrell has agreed to testify truthfully against other people involved in these crimes.
James Whatley, Jr., Columbus, Ohio and Deondre Crosby, formerly of Zanesville, Ohio were indicted by the Guernsey County Grand Jury for these crimes and are currently awaiting trial while Maigen Blanchard and Anjomo Churchill have entered negotiated pleas based upon their involvement and are awaiting sentencing. Elgin Mitchell was sentenced to eleven years of imprisonment on February 8, 2013.