Mom sentenced in airsoft gun abuse

Colleen Stytle
Colleen Stytle

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren woman was sentenced to prison after allowing two men to shoot her children with an airsoft gun in exchange for cigarettes.

Colleen Stytle, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to one felony charge of endangering children.

She was sentenced to three years in prison.

Police said Stytle allowed her brother Robert Branch, 27, and the father of her three youngest children, Joseph Boone, 27, to torture and abuse five children between the ages of 3 and 11 in her Larchmont Avenue home in January and February of last year.

According to police reports, Stytle allowed the men to shoot the children with an airsoft gun in exchange for cigarettes.

“It was just for sport, mostly. But there are some allegations that she traded her brother for cigarettes in exchange for these plastic BBs, and would allow him to shoot the children,” said Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Diane Barber.

Branch is charged with four felony counts of endangering children. A pre-trial is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Boone is charged with one felony count of endangering children. A jury trial has been scheduled for March 10.

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