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Campbell man pleads guilty to reduced charge after mistrial

WARREN – The Campbell man who stood trial last week and Trumbull County jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict after deliberating some 17 hours, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge connected to the Oct. 5, 2020, shooting of a Warren man.

Tre’Mon Dukes, 23, of Tenney Avenue, Campbell, appeared with his attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey before Judge Andrew D. Logan today. Logan sentenced him to a indefinite prison term of four to five and a half years, including a one-year mandatory term for using a gun in the offense.

Ditchey said the plea deal on an aggravated robbery charge offset a re-trial for Dukes, who is serving a federal prison term.

Dukes stood trial for four days last week, with jurors deliberating for 17 hours over three days. Judge Logan sent them home about 1:30 p.m. Friday after the panel told him they made no progress toward a unanimous verdict

“After we came back with the hung jury, we re-examined the case and after looking over the evidence and speaking with the jurors, this was the appropriate deal to make,” Morrow said.

Dukes is one of two men accused of shooting Jody Hall, 19, outside a Charles Avenue NE home. Jurors considered the testimony by the victim, Warren police officers and two neighbors who had heard the shots and came to Hall’s aid in the front yard where another man was changing a tire on the car. Hall was shot in the back and arm, testimony showed.

The co-defendant, Mehki Walker, is scheduled for trial Oct. 4 before Judge Peter J. Kontos on charges of two counts felonious assault, aggravated robbery and having weapons under restrictions, the same charges that Dukes faced at trial.

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