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Men charged for Youngstown courtroom melee

Jerome Stewart (L) Anthony Dees (R)Jerome Stewart (L) Anthony Dees (R)


Two men who attacked a man in a Mahoning County Courtroom as he was being sentenced for murdering their mother remain in jail awaiting arraignment.

Twenty-three-year-old Jerome Stewart and 30-year-old Anthony Dees were booked into the Mahoning County jail Thursday on charges of assault, obstructing official business, and contempt of court.

The men were arrested in the courtroom of Judge Maureen Sweeney after attacking 62-year-old Dale Williams Sr., who was being sentenced for the June 15, 2017 shooting death of the men’s mother, 46-year-old Elizabeth Pledger-Stewart.

Police say Williams rammed his van into a vehicle being driven by Pledger-Stewart on Market Street in Youngstown, then shot her several times.

Thursday’s sentencing hearing has been postponed. As of Friday no new sentencing date had been set.

Stewart and Dees area expected to appear in Youngstown Municpial Court for video arraignment Friday afternoon on the assault and obstructing charges.

The contempt citation was issued by Judge Sweeney.