The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 23, 2013

Time served nearly meets minimum for traffic death

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A Sharon man won’t be spending much more time in jail for the traffic death of Leslie Keller and harassing jail guards.

Ramone J. Williams, 27, of 130 Smith Ave., was sentenced Dec. 6 to 11è to 23 months in jail on charges of accident involving death while not property licensed and aggravated harassment by prisoner.

Williams was given about 8è months’ credit for time he has already served in jail, and Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John ordered that Williams be paroled after having served the minimum sentence.

Williams also will serve 3 years’ probation.

The accident occurred at 3:21 a.m. Jan 28, when Williams was driving a car stolen from Sharon, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said. It was westbound on Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, nearing Park Avenue, when it went off the road, sheared a fire hydrant and spun into a tree, police said.

Keller, 23, formerly of Farrell and Brookfield, was pinned in the passenger compartment and had to be freed by Farrell firefighters. He suffered head and body injuries and died Feb. 6 in hospice care in Youngstown, police said.

Williams suffered a cut over his eye and swelling but refused medical treatment, police said.

While in the Mercer County Jail, Findley Township, between March 25 and April 2, Williams grabbed a guard’s arm through a food pass opening in his cell door; spat on two guards; threw urine on another; and threatened to shoot, kill and punch others, Mercer County sheriff said.