A Farrell man facing charges for the July gang-related beating of a Sharon man on Wednesday was sentenced to probation for threatening a witness in a Farrell shooting case from last fall.

Mercer County Common Pleas Judge John C. Reed gave Anthony D. “Dupus” Scott Jr., 20, of 1033 Emerson Ave., five years of probation for calling a 16-year-old girl and her mother and threatening to kill them if they “snitched” on Jaron “DeDe” West.

West is in jail on bond awaiting trial on four counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault and nine counts of reckless endangerment in the Oct. 16, 2007, shooting of three Warren, Ohio, men in the 1200 block of Negley Street.

In July, Scott pleaded guilty to a charge of terroristic threats in the case and prosecutors agreed to drop two felony counts of intimidating a witness.

Police said West and Scott are friends and members of the “Young Gunnaz” street gang, according to court documents.

Scott is also accused of helping to plan the July 31 assault on Bobby Bender, 19, at Budd Street and New Castle Avenue in Sharon. Scott waived charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault for the Bender assault to higher court. He is free on bond in that case.

Khiry Whiteside, 17, of Farrell, is charged as an adult for firing a gun at Bender that day. Whiteside was released from jail on his own recognizance in October. Several others have also been charged in Bender’s assault, including several juveniles and Andrew D. Craig, 18, of Farrell.

Police said shots fired at Bender and a beating from six youths was retaliation for a July 20 gang-related shooting in the 500 block of Baldwin Avenue.

Three men are also awaiting trial in that shooting, which a witness said was between teenage members of the Young Gunnaz and another group called the Chedda Boyz.

They are: Jacquaze Q. “Chaos” Jones, 19, of Middletown, Ohio, who allegedly fired the gun; Samuel D. “Cheezy” Phillips Jr., 19, of Warren; and Toney A. Bonner Jr., 19, of 677 Baldwin Ave., Sharon. They are charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault for allegedly approaching the teens just prior to the gunfire while they were all wearing red bandannas over their faces.

No one was shot in either incident.

Scott had also been charged with carrying a gun without a license, shooting into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering others on Nov. 26, 2007, in the same block of Negley. Charges in that case were dropped in June because a witness moved away.

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