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Hunter could serve 4 years

YOUNGSTOWN — Prosecutors will recommend that Kasen J. Smith, 26, of Lake Park Boulevard in Sebring, get four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to firing a weapon in a restricted area of North Lima, hitting a man in the foot in his home.

Smith was hunting Dec. 20, 2020, when the incident occurred.

The victim’s wife and baby were in the room at the time, but were not hit. The gunfire was prohibited because of its proximity to Market Street and a nursing home, prosecutors said. The gunshot crossed Market Street.

Smith, 26, pleaded guilty May 12 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to charges of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises with a one-year gun specification, injuring a person while hunting, hunting without permission and violating hunting ordinances.

Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court ordered Community Corrections Association to do a background investigation of Smith before he is sentenced June 30.

Smith will be eligible to ask for judicial release — meaning an early release from prison approved by the judge — after he serves 18 months in prison, according to Smith’s plea agreement.

Smith also must pay $10,000 in restitution to the victim, and Smith’s firearm will be forfeited to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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