Youngstown man gets 3-4 year sentence

Teen shot in Campbell Aug. 6

YOUNGSTOWN — A Youngstown man set for trial Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court instead pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault with a gun specification in connection to an Aug. 6 shooting in Campbell.

Keith L. Franklin, 31, was then sentenced to three to four years in prison.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second charge of felonious assault and a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm against Franklin.

Franklin, who, according to Mahoning County jail records, has been held in custody since Aug. 14, received credit for 277 days he spent in jail awaiting trial.

Judge John Durkin carried out the plea and sentencing.

Franklin, who also had an address on Lamont Avenue in Campbell, was accused of shooting a 19-year-old man in the first block of Jean Street and beating a second person.

A Campbell police report states when police arrived, witnesses directed them toward the woods near Jackson Park. Police canvassed the area around Wilson Avenue, but could not locate the man. Police took photographs of the scene, but were not able to find any shell casings. They did obtain video of the incident, according to the police report.

The shooting occurred after an argument over an alleged assault of one of the victim’s sisters with a baseball bat earlier in the day, a police report states. Both women named Franklin as the shooter, as did other witnesses, the report stated.

The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitives Task Force issued a bulletin Aug. 9 offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of Franklin, who the press release stated was charged with two counts of felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The release stated that Franklin was involved in an incident in which he shot one victim and viciously beat another, and both victims were hurt badly.

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