Man pleads to assault charge

Staff photo / Ed Runyan Ralph Stoddard, left, stands with his attorney, Mark Lavelle, during Stoddard’s plea hearing Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

YOUNGSTOWN — Ralph Stoddard, 29, of Weston Avenue, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and domestic violence Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and will be sentenced later.

The aggravated assault was a reduction from the felonious assault charge for which he was indicted.

He entered the guilty pleas before Judge Maureen Sweeney. Stoddard could get about three years in prison.

Stoddard’s indictment alleges he committed the offenses last Oct. 8, causing physical harm to a woman.

Stoddard was previously convicted of domestic violence in January 2015 in Mahoning County, according to court documents.

Court officials declined to provide any details on the most recent offenses.


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