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Judge encourages city man to do well in prison

Could be released in 6 months

YOUNGSTOWN — Ulysses A. Harris, 36, of Hazeltine Avenue in Campbell, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty in April to threatening his former girlfriend by pointing a gun at her face.

Police said Harris and the woman were having Chinese takeout at Harris’ house in May 2020 when the woman said she would not eat the food.

That’s 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.

In April, prosecutors agreed to amend Harris’ felonious assault from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony of attempted felonious assault and dismiss one count of abduction, one count of obstructing official business and one of aggravated menacing.

Harris could have gotten up to three years in prison on the attempted felonious assault, but prosecutors recommended he get 18 months.

Prosecutors also said they would “stand silent” on whether Harris should be released from prison after serving six months.

Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court told Harris in April he would “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.

“Hopefully I’ll see you back here in six months,” the judge told Harris at the end of the hearing.

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