Judge sentences woman for role in fatal Youngtown shooting

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Rebecca Perez received two years of probation for her role in the shooting death of Diane Dent

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The woman who pleaded guilty for being the driver in a North Side murder was sentenced Thursday to two years probation in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Rebecca Perez, 47, was sentenced by Judge Maureen Sweeney after pleading guilty to a charge of obstructing justice for her role in the June 10, 2018 shooting death of Diane Dent, 62. Dent was shot at her Goleta Avenue home.

Jesse Williams, 51, was convicted of Dent’s murder last month.

Police said he shot Dent because he was looking for her son, with whom he fought the night before. The pair were fighting over Perez.

Williams has yet to be sentenced.

Police said Perez drove Williams to and from the murder.

Prosecutors agreed to probation if Perez cooperated against Williams, said Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews.

Andrews said Perez at first lied to police because her family was receiving threats from the family of Williams, who is the brother of Willie “Flip” Williams. Willie “Flip” Williams was put to death for killing four people in 1994.

Once Williams was taken into custody by police, Perez agreed to cooperate, Andrews said.

“Once she felt that her family was safe, she gave a statement to the Youngstown Police Department,” Andrews said.

Perez said she was sorry.

“I do apologize for lying to the police,” Perez said. “I was afraid for my kids’ life and the life of my mother. I apologize to the Dent family. I wish I could take everything back, but I can’t.”

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