18 Month Court Case Comes to End in Belmont County


A court case spanning more than a year and a half came to a close on Monday morning in Belmont County. The man who tired to run from court proceedings in May of last year, will receive credit for time served.

Earlier this month, Sylvester Walker changed his plea to guilty for all four counts against him in this matter. Walker tried to run out during court proceedings at the Northern Division Court in Bellaire, and got into another person’s car and that’s when the deputy at the courthouse had to fire off shots at the car to stop him from leaving. 

On Monday, Walker learned his fate before Judge Frank Fregiato in Belmont County and found out his sentence. He says at 22-years-old he wants to turn his life around for the better.

“I learned so much, and gained so much wisdom, and I learned my lesson. Yeah I did make a mistake and I take

that full responsibility, but I’m ready to move forward in life and do the right thing. Thank you, your honor,” Walker said.

Judge Fregiato referenced Walker’s criminal history, and advised him to live out his words and make those changes. Since Walker received credit for time served, he will now be placed on probation for up to three years. If he violates the terms of that probation in any way, he will be sent to prison for four and a half years. 

With this criminal case out of the way, Walker is not completely absolved of all charges pending against him. He still faces federal charges involving drug and weapon crimes investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

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