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Man wants speedy trial, rejects plea deal

Published: Fri, August 14, 2009 @ 2:25 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man accused of multiple felonies has told a common pleas judge he wants to go to trial — and soon.

Daniel Austin, 51, of Forestview Drive appeared Friday before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial hearing. Austin has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and attempted aggravated murder with repeat violent-offender specifications.

Austin is accused of pushing his way into the residence of a woman on Youngstown’s East Side, abducting her and threatening her with serious bodily harm. He was arrested in May at the Akron Greyhound bus station.

Prosecutors offered Austin a plea deal during the pretrial hearing, in which the attempted aggravated murder charge and repeat violent offender specifications would be dropped. Prosecutors in the agreement would recommend Austin be given a 20-year prison sentence.

Austin conferred with his legal counsel, Atty. Paul Conn, for less than 10 minutes before deciding to reject the offer from prosecutors.


1JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Atty. Conn gives sound advice just like my bookie does.

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2MrReggie(15 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Anybody who pays Paul Conn for anything is a damn fool, If it was left up to him I would be in prison right now. I fired him a year ago because he wanted me to copp out to 18 years for a crime I didnt commit. My best advise would be to fire him immediately and hire Dave Betras he's the best lawyer in trial. Trust me Im living proof. Sincerely Reggie Gilchrist

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3joe1616(52 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

LOL that is too funny Reggie. But even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes. just because you were found not guilty doesnt mean he is the best trial lawyer.

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4JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Lionel Hutz would indeed approve. Then he would claim to have graduated from Princeton School of Law, although Princeton Law School closed in 1852. Then he would try to entice potential clients with free gifts, including (but not limited to) a "smoking monkey" doll, a pen that looks like a cigar, a business card that "turns into a sponge when you put it in water," or even a half-empty Orange Julius he might have handy.

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5fitnessbuff(57 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I doubt that the real Reggie would even know how to post on vindy. I used to be one of his ladies..he is not computer literate.

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6twex(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Paul Conn is one of the best defense attorney's in Youngstown. He is extremely dedicated to the best interest of his clients! I take strong exception to the first two comments and disagree with their premise and know personally that they are untrue.

This is in no way an attack on David Betras, because he is also one of the best attorney's in town.

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