Man Accused of Shooting YSU Student Back in Court

The Pittsburgh man accused of shooting a Youngstown State University student returned to court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Sylean Wilson, 19, is charged with four counts of felonious assault in connection with the shooting.  Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Kobly’s courtroom.

The charges against him will now be bound over to a grand jury.

Wilson’s parents, Emmitt and Shawneze Wilson, spoke briefly following the hearing before Attorney Walter Madison referred all questions to him.

“We are very prayerful for the young lady who was involved in this incident as well for our son and his well being,” said Sylean’s father, Emmitt Wilson.  “Hopefully the lady makes a full recovery. Our prayers are with her and her family.”

“Today, the family is here to show support for who he is and where he comes from and as you’ve heard them mention, for the young lady involved,” said Attorney Walter Madison. “Sylean was raised well by a good family and this is obviously a tragic situation. We’re going to take our time and see to it that things are done correctly.”

Wilson is accused of shooting into a vehicle on Pennsylvania Avenue around 3 a.m. on Feb. 17.  Four people were in the car, including Brittany Johnson, 23, a YSU student, who was shot in the abdomen.

“He’s obviously under pressure of criminal charges and they are very serious and we’re going to take our time and get through this process as carefully and diligently as we can,” said Madison. “We have no comment on the facts. We are aware of the gravity of the situation. We think the judicial system will do its best to ultimately come to the right conclusion.”

Rashaud Lewis, 19, of Penn Hills, is accused of preventing police officers from entering an apartment building following the shooting.  He has been charged with obstructing justice.

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