Mitchell pleads guilty in attack of jail guard


A man accused of attacking a corrections officer at the Mahoning County jail pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to a charge of attempted murder.

Lucky Mitchell, 33, entered his plea before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

The state will recommend nine years in prison when Mitchell is sentenced Wednesday. The sentence, however, is not agreed upon and defense attorney Doug Taylor is expected to argue for less time.

Mitchell had earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but changed his plea today.

The plea comes after a second competency evaluation backed up an earlier evaluation that found Mitchell competent to stand trial and aid in his own defense.

Mitchell is accused of attacking the corrections officer July 8. Other inmates had to pry Mitchell off the officer, who was being choked. The attack was captured on video.

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

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