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Struthers man to appeal shooting conviction

YOUNGSTOWN — A Struthers man convicted of felonious assault but acquitted of attempted murder after a shooting over a parking space plans to appeal the conviction.

Nicholas Italiano, 25, was sentenced to seven years in prison by Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. D’Apolito. The judge handed down a four-year sentence Aug. 20 for the felonious assault conviction and added three years because a gun was used.

The jury found Italiano not guilty of attempted murder and a second charge of felonious assault, according to court records.

He is being held at the Lorain Correctional Institution, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He is scheduled to be released in 2026.

Defense attorney Ronald Yarwood filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, but has not yet outlined what aspects of the court proceedings he wants the 7th District Court of Appeals to hear.

Police were called 8:45 p.m. Sept. 1, 2018, to Sami Quick Stop, 3822 Market St., Youngstown.

In the parking lot, Italiano and a woman argued about parking — he took up multiple spots with his truck — and he called her racial slurs, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN 27. He blocked the woman in the parking lot, and she called her boyfriend because she was scared, WKBN reported.

When her fiance arrived, the two men fought and after Italiano was punched in the face, he took out a gun and shot the man. Italiano claimed the shooting was in self defense.

rfox@tribtoday.com