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Jamestown man gets 8-year prison term in murder attempt

MAYVILLE – Isaiah Pearson, 21, of Jamestown, was ordered by Chautauqua County Judge David W. Foley last week to serve an eight-year state prison term and then five years of postrelease supervision for his role in the attempted murder of a man during a burglary in the Appleyard Terrace Apartments here Sept. 2, 2014.

The judge ordered a concurrent prison term on Pearson’s conviction for second-degree burglary and criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree grand larceny. Pearson was convicted of attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Pearson and Trenton L. Grant, also 21, were arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Jackson, Tenn., three days after the violent burglary, using information provided by Jamestown police. Acting District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson said Grant is facing a trial within the next few weeks unless he pleads guilty.

In other court action:

• Jahmaul Johnson, 42, of Dunkirk, was ordered to serve a three-year state prison term and then three years of postrelease supervision for his conviction on third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of controlled substance.

• Rachel Blanchard, 34, of Mayville, was sentenced to 1½ to three years in state prison for two convictions on fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

• Jonathan Axford, 41, of Jamestown, was ordered to serve a state prison term of 1½ to three years for his conviction on an aggravated family offense.

• Sara Tolbert, 28, of Mayville, was ordered to serve a 1½-year state prison term and a year of postrelease supervision on her conviction for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine. Tolbert was arrested by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force during a raid at 9587 Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret on Jan. 18, 2014.