Prisoner sued over shooting prank in Canfield a year ago

Staff report


A young man who was shot in the back during a prank at a Canfield residence a year ago has sued the shooter, who now is an inmate at the Lorain Correctional Institution.

Sean Swegan, 19, of Court Street, Canfield, sued Marc Z. Hood, 19, of Fairview Avenue, Canfield, alleging assault and negligence, Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The civil suit, which demands a jury trial and seeks more than $25,000 in damages, is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney.

In the criminal case arising from the Jan. 10, 2012, shooting, which occurred at 238 W. Main St., Canfield, Judge James C. Evans sentenced Hood to three years in prison and fined him $500.

Hood had pleaded guilty to felonious assault with a gun specification and tampering with evidence.

Hood loaded one bullet into his grandfather’s .38-caliber revolver, hid in a closet, jumped out when Swegan entered the room and repeatedly pulled the trigger until the gun discharged, police said.

Swegan incurred medical bills, pain and suffering, still has a bullet fragment lodged in his back and may never recover from his injuries, the suit said.

The lawsuit was filed for Swegan by Attys. Ronald D. Yarwood and Edward A. Czopur of Youngstown.

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