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Jury trial averted today with plea deal

WARREN – Potential Trumbull County jurors were sent home early this afternoon after a man pleaded guilty to two gun charges, heading off the first scheduled trial in the COVID-19 era in Trumbull Common Pleas Court.

Preston J. May, 22, of Youngstown pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. Judge Peter J. Kontos will sentence May after a background investigation is completed by the county Adult Probation Department. May, who could face up to three years in prison, was going to be his own lawyer in a jury trial. However, after the plea deals was completed, Kontos released the 30 to 35 people who had reported to jury duty in the large courtroom on the courthouse’s third floor.

Jury trials in Trumbull County have been on hold since before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the nation in March. Health guidelines must give face-masked jurors the space to social distance.

For more details on this story, see Tuesday’s edition of the Tribune Chronicle.

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