The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

March 13, 2014

Man admits gun crime, robbery

FARRELL — A Farrell man who has been the subject of multiple law enforcement investigations the last couple of years took himself off the streets Wednesday by pleading guilty in two cases.

Jashaad B. Coleman, 20, formerly of Spearman Avenue, faces maximum prison terms of 3è to 7 years on each count that he will be sentenced on May 27: robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.

Coleman admitted he robbed Nathan Windham of about $30 and his wallet March 21 in the 900 block of Fruit Avenue, Farrell.

Windham testified at Coleman’s preliminary hearing in July that his family needed milk and diapers so he went to warm up the car while his wife got their kids’ coats and shoes on.

As Windham was outside his car, a man approached, pulled a mask over his face, pointed a revolver at his chest and said, “Anything you got, give it up.”

Coleman said he pulled the wallet from Windham’s shirt pocket.

Restitution will be determined when he is sentenced, said Assistant Mercer County District Attorney Daniel Davis.

The second charge relates to a June 16 house party at 1102 Walnut St., Farrell.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police said they responded to a disturbance call and found numerous illegally parked cars.

While some people ran from the house when police arrived, it still took 20 minutes to get everyone out of the house and off the street, police said.

Coleman, who was on the back porch, wouldn’t leave, police said.

A policeman said he would use pepper spray on Coleman, and Coleman responded that he would spray back, which the policeman took to mean that Coleman would fire a gun, police said.

Coleman wouldn’t provide identification and tried to punch a policeman, police said.

Coleman admitted having a handgun in his waistband.

“It was loaded,” he told Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson.

Still hanging over Coleman’s head is a federal indictment charging him with charges of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession, use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

The charges stem from a July 31, 2012, incident in which police were fired upon during a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Emerson Avenue, Farrell.

Coleman went to trial in Mercer County on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license filed by Southwest, but a jury found him not guilty. Prosecutors withdrew four counts of aggravated assault.

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