Murder suspect’s father pleads guilty

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The father of a Youngstown murder suspect was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for an unrelated weapons charge.

Frankie Hudson Sr., 41, was given the sentence Monday by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Sweeney after Hudson pleaded guilty June 17 to improperly handling weapons in a car and having weapons as a felon.

Attorney David Betras asked to be removed from representing Hudson after a dispute between the two and Hudson elected to represent himself during the hearing.

Hudson and Sweeney had several tense exchanges during the hearing, including one in which Hudson claimed he was pressured into taking the plea deal.

“You were not under duress when you pleaded,” Sweeney told Hudson. “We had a long conversation about that beforehand.”

Hudson’s son, Frankie Hudson Jr., 20, was indicted Thursday for killing two men during armed robbery attempts in a nine-month span.

He is facing two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and possessing weapons as a felon that allege the younger Hudson killed two people in 2010 and 2011.

Charges carry a life-in-prison maximum penalty for both murders.

Hudson Jr. is awaiting sentencing on convictions of being part of the H-Block gang based on Youngstown’s South Side and several armed robberies.

Prosecutors delayed sentencing because they believed Hudson was a suspect in the murders. He faces up to 14 years in prison on those convictions.

Hudson is now facing charges that say he gunned down Christopher Weston on his sons’12th birthday, Dec. 14, 2010 at the Breaden Market on the city’s South Side.

Police originally believed it was a botched robbery and found no money was stolen from the store. Weston was found with his pockets turned inside out and his wallet lying open next to him.

Hudson and another man also face murder charges for fatally shooting 17-year-old Joshua Davis, who was shot in the left cheek and groin Sept. 16, 2011. Reports said multiple bags of suspected marijuana were found in Davis’ pockets.

Records say Hudson was convicted in 2010 of felonious assault in juvenile court.

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