Jones enters plea deal in YSU shooting

YOUNGSTOWN — A plea deal could mean one of the men charged in the 2011 murder and mass shooting off the Youngstown State University campus will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

The trial of Mark Jones was expected to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving in Summit County Common Pleas Court. However, Jones entered a plea today in a deal with prosecutors who will recommend a 10-year prison sentence.

The deal came as a surprise in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court courtroom of Judge John M. Durkin, after a successful motion to move the trial to Summit due to "extensive publicity."

Jamail Johnson, a 25-year-old YSU senior, was killed in the shooting and 11 others were injured. Jones' brother, Columbus Jones, was already sentenced by Judge Durkin to 92 years to life in prison for the shooting.

For details, watch and see Wednesday's Vindicator.

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