Human crime wave goes to prison

(Cleveland) - The man responsible for a two-year crime wave in Slavic Village and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge William McGinty.

Glen Adkins Jr., 22, was responsible for break-ins, armed robberies, shootings and high-speed police chases with other members of his family in 2016 and 2017.

At the time, Councilmen Kevin Kelley and Tony Brancatelli had contributed an extra $1,000 to Crime Stoppers for information leading to his arrest. Police even set up a special task force dedicated to investigating and arresting Adkins. The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force also worked on the case.

Adkins was arrested in late September 2017 at a Red Roof Inn in Independence. Also in the hotel room with him were his mother, Mary Leach, who was wanted for assault on a police officer, and his two juvenile brothers, both of whom were wanted by police. All three were arrested along with Adkins.

Before his sentencing, Adkins pleaded guilty to dozens of charges including felonious assault of a police officer, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, breaking and entering and theft. Adkins, who dropped out of school in the 8th grade and was addicted to drugs, apologized for his crimes.

“Our neighborhoods are safer today with the elimination of this notorious criminal family,” said Council President Kelley.

Councilman Brancatelli added, “Hats off to the police officers who dogged this Adkins gang and brought them to justice.”

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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