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LISBON — Two men recently sentenced to prison in separate cases, Corey MS Evans for aggravated vehicle homicide and Mitchell Allen Baker for felony assault, filed appeals this week challenging their sentences.

The appeals were filed in the Seventh District Court of Appeals, specifically related to sentences handed down by Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Bickerton.

Evans, 20, State Route 154, Negley, was speeding, driving without a license and abusing substances when he destroyed his vehicle and killed his passenger, Angelica Rae Perkins, 15, on February 25, 2021.

Bickerton sentenced him to the maximum possible for aggravated vehicular homicide, an indefinite eight years to a maximum of 12 years, with 180-day sentences for two drivers of a vehicle under the influence to be served at the same time. In a separate case, he was sentenced to 12 months for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and 180 days for domestic violence. These sentences were to be served concurrently, but consecutive to the aggravated driving homicide.

The weapons charge and domestic violence charge stemmed from an incident on May 25, 2021 when Evans attempted to injure his brother and had a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

In total, he will have to serve at least nine years, with a possible 13 years, but with a credit of 290 days already served in the county jail in one case and a credit of 54 days in the other case. His driver’s license was suspended for life.

Mitchell Allen Baker, 26, formerly of Salineville, was found guilty last week by a jury of beating his former girlfriend and choking her unconscious twice last fall. On Monday, he received the maximum possible sentence, an indeterminate sentence of eight to 12 years in prison, for felony assault, a second degree felony. A sentence of 180 days for an offense of domestic violence will run parallel. He received credit for 302 days already served in the county jail.

It remains to be seen what will happen with a first-degree rape charge that was part of the indictment against Baker. The jury was deadlocked and could not decide one way or another on this point. A hearing on the status of the charge has been set for 1:30 p.m. on September 8.

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