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Youngstown man convicted in Liberty shooting

WARREN — A Youngstown man on Monday pleaded guilty to felony charges for his part in a July 2019 shooting at Monticello Apartments in Liberty.

Mark D. Britt Jr., 43, of West Chalmers Avenue, admitted guilt to felonious assault and having weapons under restrictions offenses. The assault charge carried a firearm specification.

He appeared with his attorney Rhys B. Cartwright-Jones before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Charles Morrow said under the agreement, Britt agreed to serve three years in prison plus an additional year because of the gun specification. Kontos will have the final say on the sentence, which will be pronounced during a hearing March 1.

Morrow said Britt picked up the additional weapons charge because he was prohibited from carrying a gun due to a 1997 felony drug conviction in Mahoning County.

According to Liberty police reports, several shots were reported just before 4:30 a.m. July 23, 2019, at the apartment complex near Logan Way and Logangate Drive. A witnesses told police she heard screaming prior to the gunshots and then saw a white SUV leave.

Police said the victim, Joseph Wilson, 35, of Youngstown, was shot in the ankle and recovered from his injuries. Morrow said the victim agreed to the plea agreement for Britt.

Police in the report state the victim and Britt were fighting over a woman. Morrow said a .45 mm semiautomatic handgun was recovered.

Britt remains free after posting $25,000 bond, according to Trumbull County jail records.

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