Mahoning County inmate sentenced in attempted strangling of deputy

Lucky Mitchell will spend more time in jail, after he was sentenced Wednesday on an attempted murder charge

Lucky Mitchell inmate, assaulted deputy


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County Jail inmate will spend an additional 11 years in prison for trying to strangle a Sheriff’s deputy in July.

Lucky Mitchell was sentenced in court Wednesday on an attempted murder charge. He was also ordered to pay court costs.

Last week, Mitchell changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to guilty of the charge. 

Surveillance video showed Mitchell grab the deputy watching over his pod and try to choke him with a t-shirt. After a brief struggle, other inmates came to help the deputy and held Mitchell down.

Wednesday, Mitchell apologized to Mahoning County Court Judge Scott Krichbaum and the court, saying being in jail is nothing new for him and he wants to get help.

“I know I’m getting too old for this. I’m about 34 years old. I just had another birthday and having birthdays and holidays in jail is not one of the best times that I’ve been able to overcome, but I’m sorry for my actions,” he said.

Judge Krichbaum told Mitchell that his court will make sure everyone knows attacking a police officer is something you don’t do.

The deputy who was attacked was not in court on Wednesday.

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