Gang member is suspected in two homicides
Prosecutors today tried to have a guilty plea revoked by a South Side man for his role in being a member of a gang, after evidence has surfaced that he is a suspect in at least two homicides.
Instead, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Sweeney let the plea stand against 21-year-old Frankie Hudson but has postponed sentencing as further investigation takes place.
Hudson had entered guilty pleas May 16 to a count of robbery, three counts of aggravated robbery, and participation in a criminal gang with gang specifications and firearms specifications attached. He is one of four members of the H Block gang on the South Side who were indicted for the crimes they are accused of doing as members of the gang last year. Prosecutors were recommending a sentence of seven years.
Assistant Prosecutor Martin Desmond said his office wanted to take back the plea offer because Hudson did not live up to the terms of the agreement. He was supposed to be truthful in a statement about the gang and a homicide he had knowledge in. Instead, while investigating his claim in that homicide, police found out he may been involved in two other killings. Desmond also said Hudson wrote a letter to another gang member saying he would change his story so the gang member would not be in trouble.
David Betras, attorney for Hudson, said his client denies writing the letter and he was truthful when he offered his statements. Judge Sweeney said she will hold off on sentencing but allow the plea to stand while an investigation continues and a handwriting analyst examines the letter.