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1 of 5 defendants pleads guilty to attempted murder

YOUNGSTOWN — One of the five people charged in connection to an assault and kidnapping that badly injured a man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder with a gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mahoning County prosecutors will recommend that Demario A. Hoyt, 26, get 7 to 10 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced later. He entered his plea Monday before Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Hoyt, of Youngstown, and the others were indicted in March on attempted murder, kidnapping, felonious assault and possessing criminal tools. Hoyt was one of two of the defendants who also was indicted on being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The five are accused of the Jan. 23 offenses after a man, 29, was found being held captive in a sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of New Court near Oakhill Cemetery on the South Side.

The others indicted are Danaisa U. Traylor, 23, of Oak Street, Lowellville; and Youngstown residents, Charles L. Pete Jr., 27, of Plaza View Court; Victoria M. Lewis, 28, of Ferndale Avenue; and Dione E. Carter, 43, of New Court.

Police were called to New Court for a fight, police said. The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment for “injuries to his whole body,” according to a police report. The remaining defendants could each get about 20 years in prison if convicted.

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