City man gets prison sentence for abduction, assault

Staff report


A 27-year-old man will be behind bars the next two years for abducting and assaulting his former girlfriend in 2011.

Prosecutors said Jose Antonio Velazquez, whose last known address was on Woodbine Avenue, persuaded his former girlfriend to get into his car for a conversation on the Youngstown State University campus in August 2011.

Velazquez ultimately was charged with abduction, kidnapping and assault stemming from his interaction with the woman.

In December, Velazquez entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors wherein the kidnapping charged was dismissed, and prosecutors agreed to recommend a two-year prison term on the remaining charges.

Velazquez, accompanied by his attorney, Mark Lavelle, appeared Wednesday before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for sentencing.

Judge D’Apolito accepted the state’s recommendation sending Velazquez to prison for two years and ordering a mandatory three years of probation when he is released from prison.

The judge also ordered Velazquez to have no contact with the victim.

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