YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown man who prosecutors say bragged about how he was a successful drug dealer is going to jail.
Cameron Dyer was in court Friday morning to be sentenced for drug possession.
He is also accused of harassing firefighters who were putting out a fire at a vacant home on Elm Street.
Police said Dyer was mad that firefighters weren’t putting out the fire fast enough because he stashed drug money in the house. Later, one firefighter was shot as they were leaving the area, although police haven’t linked Dyer to the shooting.
Friday, about 20 Youngstown firefighters were there to watch Dyer’s sentencing.
“It really caught our attention with everything that’s going on, and we wanted to be involved in it as much as possible, just to keep an eye on the issue and what’s going on with it,” said Firefighters Local 312 Vice President Jon Racco.
Dyer’s attorney said his client was facing only minor charges and said it was hard for Dyer to escape his environment, blaming his upbringing.
Mahoning County Judge Shirley Christian gave Dyer a two-and-a-half year sentence, saying anything less would be considered simply “the cost of doing drugs.” She added that it was not acceptable, given his past convictions.
Dyer also appeared for a hearing on a charge connected to last week’s house fire, and that case was bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury.