Two Sentenced In Connection With Deadly Scranton Assault

May 7, 2019

SCRANTON — A Scranton man who was on probation when he was arrested in connection with a deadly 2018 street confrontation faces time in state prison. Aashon Blackwell, 26, was sentenced Tuesday by Lackawanna County President Judge Michael J. Barrasse to a total of 18 months to three years in a state correctional institution. The sentence includes six months to one year for Blackwell’s guilty plea on Feb. 13 to simple assault in a June 3 fight on Kressler Court that led to the death of James Savero, plus additional time for the defendant’s unrelated 2017 forgery conviction in a counterfeit check scheme. Barrasse also placed Blackwell on probation for six years. Savero, 37, of Scranton, died three days after he was knocked to the ground and hit his head when police say Blackwell and two other Scranton men — Rickey Lloyd, 30, and Kalvin Lloyd, 27 — assaulted two of Savero’s friends when an argument turned physical. Rickey Lloyd, who punched Savero when the victim tried to break up the fight, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced last month by Barrasse to three to seven years in state prison. On Tuesday, Barrasse sentenced Kalvin Lloyd to time-served to 18 months in jail for his guilty plea to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the altercation. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132