Youngstown man sentenced to 5 to 7 years

WARREN — A Youngstown man, who in 2019 was acquitted of a murder charge in Mahoning County, on Thursday received an indefinite prison term between five and seven years after pleading guilty to a host of felonies connected to a June 2020 incident involving a gun at a Liberty Township home.

Albert D. Byrd IV, 26, of 1102 Wilshire Drive, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of felonious assault, one count of kidnapping, one count of burglary and one of count domestic violence. Five of the charges carried firearms specifications, which added one mandatory year to the prison sentence.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice, who had agreed to the jointly recommended sentence by prosecutors and the defense attorney, ordered Byrd to register as repeated violent offender in Ohio.

The judge had earlier revoked Byrd’s bond, calling him a “threat to society.”

The defendant opted to not speak prior to sentencing, but his attorney James Gentile said “he worked every inch of this case” with prosecutors to come up with a jointly recommended sentence. The original indictment had included 13 charges.

The agreement among the attorneys headed off a possible jury trial that was scheduled to start Tuesday in Rice’s court.

According to Gabe Wildman, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor, the case is connected to a June 23, 2020, breaking and entering at a Liberty residence, where Byrd’s ex-girlfriend was struck and then brought out of the home at gunpoint.

The assailant also pointed the gun at seven other people including three children, the report states. Wildman said all of the victims are satisfied with the length of Byrd’s prison sentence.

In September 2019, court records show Byrd was found not guilty by a jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on charges connected to the Aug. 1, 2018, slaying of Jermaine Donlow Jr. Donlow, who was stabbed to death during a confrontation at a Tyrell Avenue, Youngstown, apartment.


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