Steubenville man gets four years for fatal shooting

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Monday sentenced a city resident to four years in prison for shooting and killing a man in a gun fight at a bar.

Tyrelle Gilbert, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of reckless homicide in connection with a fatal shooting at Club 106 on May 24, possession of cocaine and two counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon.

City police reported Dylan Bittinger, 19, of Steubenville was pronounced dead at the club, located at 601 South St. Gilbert was shot in the chest and flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, police reported. Monte Lyles, 20, of Steubenville was shot in the knee area, according to police.

Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said circumstances surrounding the shooting made the reckless homicide more appropriate than a charge of murder or aggravated murder. Police at the time said Gilbert and Bittinger had guns drawn and fired shots at each other inside the bar.

Gilbert was sent back to prison on a parole violation. State parole officers went to Gilbert’s home after the shooting and found three guns. Gilbert was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm because of a 1998 conviction on a felonious assault charge.

Meanwhile, Justus M. Fuller, 37, of Steubenville was sentenced by Bruzzese on Monday to 54 months in prison on drug charges.

Fuller pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in fentanyl and five counts of trafficking in heroin, which occurred between Aug. 8 and Oct. 16, all the result of an ongoing drug task force investigation.

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