Man Gets 10-20 Years In Prison, Probation For Home Invasion And Shooting

September 12, 2013
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A Youngstown man was sentenced Wednesday to 10-to-20 years in state prison and seven years probation for breaking into a home and shooting a woman in the back near Transfer last February.

Jessi Hudson, in a plea bargain in Mercer County Court, entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and possession of an unlicensed firearm.  Other charges, including attempted homicide and aggravated assault on a police officer, were dismissed.

Hudson was accused of breaking into the home of Amanda Bell in Pymatuning Township on February 6, and shooting Bell through the door of a bathroom where Bell had escaped to try to protect her three young children.  The youngest child was only days old.

Police had claimed they arrested Hudson after he forced a standoff.  Hudson could not be charged until after he received undisclosed medical treatment.

Then, police in Hermitage claimed Hudson had, earlier the same day, threatened a 19 year-old female friend from Youngstown who had been riding with him.  Officials said the woman told them Hudson held her at gunpoint, threatened to kill her and forced her to partially disrobe.  Separate charges were filed in that incident.

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