Felony case dismissed for Worthington teen involved in shooting

Teen will instead face misdemeanor charges

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

A felony case against a Worthington teen charged with robbery and theft in connection with an April shooting in Orange Township has been dismissed. However, prosecutors say the woman will plead guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Kayle Cantrell, 19, was scheduled to stand trial today on a charge of robbery, a second-degree felony, and a charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

However, on Wednesday, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Assistant County Prosecutor Mark Sleeper, filed a motion to dismiss the case against Cantrell.

“Further investigation has revealed that the defendant did not commit a theft offense while engaged in her assaultive behavior,” Sleeper writes in the motion. “As a result, the defendant committed separate misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor assault offenses, rather than a felony robbery.”

Sleeper states in his motion that Cantrell will be entering a guilty plea to those misdemeanor charges in Delaware Municipal Court. The municipal court charges had not been filed Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors allege that Cantrell — along with two Columbus men, Isiah Steele, 19 and Terrance Jewell, 19 — met a group of teenagers in the area of Blue Holly Drive in Orange Township on April 13 and a fight erupted. During the fight, prosecutors allege Steele used a handgun to shoot 19-year-old Pierce Yurkowski-Gray several times. Yurkowski-Gray has since been released from the hospital.

During the fight, three other teenagers said they were robbed or assaulted by Steele, Jewell and Cantrell.

Steele faces charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, which carries a firearm specification that could add additional prison time if Steele is convicted and sentenced to prison; improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation/in a school safety zone, a second-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Jewell is charged with a charge of felonious assault, a first-degree felony; robbery, a second-degree felony; and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Steele is set for trial on Aug. 16 and Jewell is scheduled to stand trial the following week — on Aug. 23.

Steele and Jewell were in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday afternoon. Cantrell was released after posting bail.

They were indicted by a grand jury on April 22.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/08/web1_cantrell.jpgCantrell Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail
Teen will instead face misdemeanor charges

By Glenn Battishill

[email protected]

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.