Youngstown man faces 2.5 years in state prison

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A city man will spend the next 21/2 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors in a 2010 shooting.

Covey K. Salinas of Madison Avenue was set to go on trial before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court this week for two counts of aggravated assault, but reached an agreement with prosecutors before the trial started.

Judge D’Apolito sentenced Salinas to the penitentiary immediately after reaching the plea agreement.

Salinas was convicted of shooting Jerome G. Miller, 21, of Youngstown, in the face and abdomen Oct 10. Miller was found semiconscious at an apartment on Glenwood Avenue on the South Side and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he eventually recovered, police said.

In the initial report, a 23-year-old female tenant of that apartment told police she walked home, entered her apartment and saw two large men in the living room, one of whom had a gun. The woman ran into her bedroom and crawled out the window, hearing a shot after she ran past the two men, according to reports.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the aggravated assault charges were amended to lower-level assault charges and a three-year firearm specification was amended to a one-year firearm specification. Salinas pleaded guilty to the amended charges.

Salinas will be given credit for the 74 days he has spent in the county jail awaiting final disposition of his case.

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