Youngstown man gets life sentence in murder case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man will spend life in prison without the chance for parole for a 2012 murder.

A judge sentenced Janero Mitchel, 29, Monday morning at the Mahoning County Courthouse after he was found guilty of aggravated murder and a weapons violation on Friday.

The fatal shooting in which Mitchell was involved happened at a house on the corner of Bissell and Kensington Avenues on the city’s north side. The victim was Mark Haskins, 57.

Prosecutors did not have a motive, but they said were able to convict Mitchell based on eyewitness testimony.

“I’d like to thank the Youngstown Police Department and anyone who helped out, the coroner’s office, BCI, everyone who cooperated in this case, including those who came in and testified because without those witnesses who come and testify, we can’t prosecute any of these cases,” Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa said.

In 2005, Mitchell was sentenced to four years in prison in the shooting death of Anthony McBride. Those charges were reduced from homicide to reckless homicide because several witnesses failed to come forward to testify, prosecutors said.

 

 

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