The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 29, 2013

Man chose to live ‘life of crime,’ judge notes

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer



A former Sharon man who spent most of his later teenage years in a juvenile detention facility is well on his way to spending a significant portion of his adult years in prison.

Terry R. Dean, 22, was sentenced March 25 to 1 to 4 years in prison on charges of risking catastrophe and disorderly conduct, that sentence to be served after he serves a prison term of 3 to 10 years for armed robbery.

 Dean’s attorney, Tedd R. Nesbit, had asked for the sentences to run at the same time, noting Dean had a “difficult childhood,” recently lost his mother and has a history of problems with drugs, alcohol and managing his  anger.

 Concurrent sentences? No way, said Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John.

“You basically have lived a life of crime,” St. John said. “It’s the way you want to be. When you get out, you continue committing crimes.”

 Dean pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to risking catastrophe for setting his mattress on fire June 6, 2011, in Mercer County Jail. St. John asked Dean why he started the fire.

“Depression, anger,” Dean responded.

 The disorderly conduct charge stems from a fight Nov. 21, 2009, in Farrell. After the fight, a house was shot up in the city and Dean was charged with that shooting, but prosecutors decided not to push those charges because of “witness issues.”

Jha’lil Harrison, 19, is serving a sentence of 2 to 4 years in Mercer County Jail for providing the gun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Dean also was ordered to pay $977 restitution.

He is serving the longer sentence for the July 11, 2001, armed robbery of Walgreens in Sharon.