Campbell man pleads in Struthers shooting

YOUNGSTOWN — A Campbell man could spend between 10 and 13 years in prison for a 2023 shooting.

Angel Chico, 28, will be sentenced June 20 after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to one second-degree count of felonious assault, with a three-year firearm specification, as well as one first-degree misdemeanor count each of domestic violence and violating a protection order.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped two felony charges of discharging a firearm near prohibited premises and discharging a firearm into a home or school, a second charge of felonious assault with a five-year drive-by shooting specification attached.

The firearm specification means Chico will have to serve that three years before the rest of his sentence begins. He also could be fined up to $25,000 – up to $15,000 for the felony, and up to $5,000 for each of the misdemeanor counts.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Donofrio said Chico also will be subject to between 18 and 36 months of post-release control after his sentence is completed.

Chico was arrested in North Canton on July 21, after fleeing the scene of an Elm Street shooting earlier in the day.

That morning, Chico’s ex-girlfriend called Struthers police to report that Chico was driving repeatedly past the Elm Street home where she had been staying with friends to hide from him. But before police could respond, Chico drove up to the home, fired one shot — wounding one person — and drove away.

The ex-girlfriend told police that when Chico was driving past her friend’s house, he was violating an active protection order out of Campbell Municipal Court, which corresponds with the domestic violence charges to which he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

On July 10, the woman told Campbell police about an assault on July 7, when Chico hit her several times in the face in the bathroom of their Wilson Avenue home. She said she did not want to cry out because she did not want to wake Chico’s young daughter, the report states.

The woman told police that after they dropped off the girl at a family member’s house, they returned home, where Chico became enraged again and pistol-whipped her and held her in the home at gunpoint, the report states.

The woman said she sustained bruises to her lower body from Chico’s attack. She said he also fired several shots in the house, but never directly toward her.

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