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Youngstown man gets 9 months for assault

WARREN — A Youngstown man on Wednesday received a nine-month prison sentence after he was convicted of an assault charge.

The charge was connected to a Nov. 28, 2020, incident where he threatened to shoot workers at Speedway, 4210 Belmont Ave., Liberty Township, and then wrestled with a Liberty police officer who tried to question him about the threat.

Timothy O. Riley, 30, of Florida Avenue, Youngstown, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the fourth-degree felony.

Riley showed little remorse as he talked to the judge about his offenses.

“It got a little overblown,” Riley said. “Next time I hope I won’t panic.”

Judge W. Wyatt McKay told Riley he hopes there won’t be a next time.

According to a Liberty police report, a customer at Speedway just before 5 p.m. Nov. 28, 2020, threatened to come back and shoot the workers. One worker told police the man became mad after he was asked to show an ID and started to throw chips and other items at the workers who were behind the protective glass at the front counter.

When police came to try to question the man, identified as Riley, he started to wrestle to the ground one of the officers, putting the lawman on the ground twice, the report states. No one was hurt in the incident.

After the incident, Riley was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for a medical evaluation, the report states.

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