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City man gets 8 years in prison

WARREN — A 29-year-old Youngstown man pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The case is connected to assaults on and threats made to a 29-year-old Hubbard woman and her minor daughter.

William Barry, of Weston Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to charges of domestic violence, endangering children and violating a protection order. In a related case, Barry also pleaded guilty to charges of intimidation of a victim, intimidation of a witness, retaliation and two misdemeanor assault charges.

Judge Ronald J. Rice ordered consecutive sentences to protect the public because of the nature of the offenses and because of Barry’s past criminal history.

The defendant, dressed in orange coveralls, remained silent during sentencing as he stood next to his public defender, Heather R. Ninni.

Prosecutors told the judge the woman victim was not opposed to the resolution of the case, but did not want to come into court to deliver an impact statement.

According to reports, some of the charges stem from an incident on Sept. 2, 2021, when Hubbard officers responded to a domestic call where Barry was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend with the juvenile present. Jail records show that Barry has remained in lockup since his arrest the afternoon of Sept. 2. Records also show he was being held on a parole violation.

Prosecutors said the intimidation and retaliation charges stem from a series of phone calls from the jail, where Barry allegedly made specific threats on the victim and the juvenile. Prosecutors also said he punched an inmate at the jail during this time.

The domestic violence charges reached a third-degree felony level because of two or more prior offenses committed by Barry in Mahoning County, prosecutors said.

Mahoning County court records show Barry was released on parole after serving part of a two-year sentence given in March 2020 by Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney for a felonious assault conviction.

In July 2019, a woman told authorities she and Barry got into an argument over music, and Barry punched her in the face, a police report states.

Records also show Barry was sentenced in early 2015 to 54 months in prison by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum on convictions for felony domestic violence, menacing by stalking, three counts intimidation, and two counts retaliation. That case originated out of Springfield Township.

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