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Fitch, Notre Dame player sentenced for assault, disorderly



Published: Wed, July 23, 2014 @ 9:55 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN

William Mahone, a former Austintown Fitch football player who was attending classes at the University of Notre Dame, was sentenced to 10 days in Mahoning County jail Wednesday.

Mahone, 20, of White Beech Lane, pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and aggravated menacing. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and received two days credit from time served from his arrest. After his jail sentence, which began after Wednesday’s court appearance, he will be on probation for a year.

Mahoning County Area Court Judge David A. D’Apolito told Mahone, “I’m giving you much less of a sentence than I think is probably appropriate, but I’m going to do it anyway.”

He also said of Mahone’s police report related to his charges, “It’s one of the worst I’ve read in my 14 years [on the bench].”

Mahone was arrested by Austintown authorities 11:10 p.m. June 14 after they responded to the intersection of Rita and Ray avenues for a fight. Once there, officers found an intoxicated and combative Mahone and had to use a stun gun on him twice to try to calm him down. He continually threatened officers and head butted one in the face.

Mahone was originally charged with a slew of felonies, but those were all dropped down to the misdemeanors Mahone pleaded to Wednesday. It was also revealed Wednesday he has been attending an area treatment center for alcohol use.

The sentencing came after comments from Mahoning County assistant prosecutor Ken Cardinal, Mahone’s lawyer, Jimmy Gentile, and four people who spoke to the character of Mahone. Neither lawyer made a recommendation in the case.

Read more about the case in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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1topper11(118 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

Football , looks like Austintown is no better then Steubenville

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2piwohio(56 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

Mahoning County Area Court Judge David A. D’Apolito told Mahone, “I’m giving you much less of a sentence than I think is probably appropriate, but I’m going to do it anyway.” He also said of Mahone’s police report related to his charges, “It’s one of the worst I’ve read in my 14 years [on the bench].”
Well this is a direct reflection of the Judge D’Apolito and the Austintown PD. First the judge has room and is in this process with both sides. It APPEARS that he wanted to give more time, but the poorly written report and investigation from the APD might have tied his hands. Pure JMO here. BUT Judge, grow a pair. You have given the green light for thugs to repeat this and get a slap. Austintown is a wonderful place; don’t let us sink into Youngstown status.
I will say APD is going through some pains right now. As a resident of Austintown for many years, I have seen the seasoned officers retire, promote up the ranks. Some should have been fired and not promoted. In addition, the young and new APD officers being hired have some attitudes. Not all, but… Who is reviewing the reports, investigations and the after action reports on anything major. It falls on the Chief to have the staff in place to ensure we the people of Austintown are protected, served well, money spent well and these cases to flow through the judicial system as charged. Chief, you need to start looking at who you have in key positions. This is a fumble on your watch. The judge’s son stabbing incident in Austintown was on your watch (no charges filed). With the addition of the Racino, more will be on your watch. We gave you the money, you have new equipment and staffing. Do your job. You will be accountable for the safety of Austintown. If you can’t do it, retire, quit or demote. Don’t make us, Austintown, look like an ass in the paper. Chew some ass of your officers up and down the ranks.

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