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Hugs, handshakes when Thomas, Hagan meet in court

Published: Tue, February 16, 2010 @ 1:36 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A physical altercation between an area politician and a college student has come to an end with one year probation, a fine, and hugs and handshakes throughout the courtroom.

Dorian Thomas, 30, of Youngstown, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing today before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court on a felonious assault charge.

Thomas ultimately pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of assault with a recommendation of probation from prosecutors. The plea followed the Feb. 6 incident at the Lemon Grove Cafe in Youngstown in which Thomas punched state Rep. Robert F. Hagan after a confrontation.

Judge Kobly sentenced Thomas to a one-year probation and ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

After Hagan and Thomas addressed the court, the men took a moment to shake hands and exchange pleasantries at the rear of the courtroom. Thomas also hugged Hagan's daughter, who was knocked down during the altercation at the downtown bar.

For more on this story see Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

"Judge Kobly sentenced Thomas to one year probation and ordered him to pay a $100 fine."

Dorian Thomas got off very cheaply . I see no mention of having to pay Hagan's medical bills .

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2vinglass(287 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Stan, as taxpayers, you and the rest of us paid the medical bills...

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3greyhorse(36 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

From the looks of it, Hagan WAS being an a** and they quietly let Thomas off to keep it out of the media.. Just my personal opinion since I wasnt there..

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4candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Dorian should run against Hagan.

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5tjmurphy11(3 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

This man should have never even been charged with a FELONIOUS assualt...Intent to harm him seriously would have never flown in court. Dont ever go to Summit Co....I had the same circumstances but not a politician and came up on the losing end. Our Government is a Joke.

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

VERY strange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

You will know that all is forgiven when Dorian Thomas and his parents are Sunday Dinner guests at The Hagan's . :)

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8MFC997(261 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Put it this way ... if you were attacked without provocation would you let your attacker off with a misdemeanor and not pursue civil action ??? I think we know the answer.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Will Dorian be taking over the Lemon Grove now that he is well known in Youngstown ? This could be his next conquest .


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10matchstick(4 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

@MFC997 your right, we wouldn't let a random attack with no provocation go. It was just the media spin that said that the attack was without provocation. I had some friends that were there...Hagan was running his mouth a bunch of profanities. That part of what happened failed to get into the paper (imagine that). seems like everyone was able to recall specific details of the event...and they weren't able to recall Hagan's words. convenient.

Dorian would not have hit anyone unprovoked. spend some time with him. That isn't his style at all. and remember...there is always two sides of the story. Dorian's side was clearly left out when the media was covering it. read between the lines. Hagan said something that he shouldn't have said. Not saying that he deserved to get hit because of what he said, but he certainly wasn't an innocent bystander who got sucker punched either.

fortunately, all is done now. Dorian has been convicted and justice has been served. I still think it would be great for Dorian and Hagan to meet together at the Lemon Grove to continue to build bridges and build up the downtown image.

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