71-year-old to stand trial

Facing charges in June 2020 shooting case

YOUNGSTOWN — A man accused of shooting at people, without striking anyone with the gunfire, is scheduled to go on trial today in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Juan Laviena, 71, of Garfield Street, faces three counts of felonious assault, domestic violence, failure to comply with the order of police officer, violation of a protection order and aggravated menacing.

Laviena is accused of shooting at two people inside a vehicle in June 2020, and then leading police on a chase. No one was injured.

The defendant is accused of firing a gun at a 44-year-old woman he knows and a man in the car with her. In the chase with police, speeds reached between 45 and 70 mph, the report states, before it ended on West Delason Avenue. The man then jumped out of the car and ran while holding something, police said. An officer tackled him after chasing the man through a field, arresting him on Willis Avenue, the report states.

Laviena, who speaks Spanish, used a court-certified interpreter to listen to jury selection Monday morning in the courtroom of Judge Anthony Donofrio. The jurors were seated shortly before lunch, and in the early afternoon went to visit the scene of the crime located near East Philadelphia and South avenues.

Jail records show Laviena has remained in custody pending the posting of a $200,000 bond.

Judge Donofrio told jurors he expects the trial to be completed by Friday.


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