Man wants speedy trial, rejects plea deal

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.

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