Man pleads in food fight case
Accused of pointing a gun in a woman’s face over Chinese take-out
YOUNGSTOWN — Ulysses A. Harris, 36, of Hazeltine Avenue in Campbell, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted felonious assault Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for threatening a woman with a gun in an argument over food.
Authorities said Harris and the woman had Chinese take-out and were at Harris’ house May 8 when the woman said she would not eat it. The woman paid for the food.
That is when Harris took out a gun and pointed it at the woman’s face, police said. The two were in a relationship but are not anymore, prosecutors said.
After the incident, the victim and her friend called police. Campbell police spoke with the victim, and a warrant was issued for Harris’ arrest.
Prosecutors agreed to amend Harris’ felonious assault from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony and dismiss one count of abduction, one of obstructing official business and one of aggravated menacing. Harris’ possible sentence for the third-degree felony is up to three years in prison.
Prosecutors and the defense are jointly recommending that Harris get 18 months in prison. Prosecutors will “stand silent” at the time of sentencing on whether Harris should be released from prison after serving six months, Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Day told Judge John Durkin.
During Harris’ hearing, the judge said he will honor the 18-month recommendation if Harris reports to the Community Corrections Association and cooperates with it in preparing a presentence investigation into his background, stays out of trouble and shows up for his sentencing hearing 11 a.m. June 10.
Durkin said he will “look favorably” on allowing Harris to leave prison on judicial release after six months as long as Harris doesn’t have any “major writeups” and takes advantage of programming offered to him in prison.
Harris has no previous felony record, prosecutors said.