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Brothers plead guilty in assault at downtown tavern

YOUNGSTOWN — Brothers London Sanders, 30, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Marlin Sanders, 28, of Hermitage, Pa., each pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated assault in an early-May 16 incident at The Social, a downtown tavern, in which another man was injured.

During their plea hearing before Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, Nick Brevetta, assistant county prosecutor, said prosecutors will recommend 18 months in prison for each man.

They will be sentenced after the Community Corrections Association of Youngstown carries out a presentence investigation of the brothers’ criminal history and background. The victim is satisfied with the plea agreement and “would like to resolve it and put it behind him,” Brevetta told the judge.

A Youngstown police report says a Farrell, Pa. man, told police he was using the second floor restroom at about 12:48 a.m. when two males entered the restroom and “confronted” the other male.

“He stated that they appeared familiar to him and he believes he may have seen them around his home town of Farrell, Pa.,” the police report states.

“One of the men stated that they have seen his music on his YouTube channel.” Then, “both men started assaulting (the victim), striking him repeatedly on and about the head,” the report states.

During the fight, one of them took the victim’s cellphone from a pocket before fleeing, the report states. The victim said he never had any interaction with the two men prior to this incident.

An officer noted there was blood on the floor of the restroom and another officer said he spoke to the victim outside of the tavern. The victim had “significant injuries to his face, including abrasions and swelling,” the report states.

Ambulance personnel said the victim needed further evaluation and care at the hospital, and the man told them that he would have someone drive him there. The victim went to the hospital, the report states.

Both brothers were arrested in early June. They were each indicted on aggravated robbery, felonious assault and aggravated assault, but the aggravated robbery and felonious assault were dismissed as part of their plea agreement.

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