Suspect in 2017 Youngstown murder case takes plea deal

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A day after initially turning down a plea bargain, a woman charged in a 2017 murder was back in front of a judge on Tuesday, accepting the same deal.

Both Barraya Hickson and her boyfriend, Dashonti Baker, had been charged in the death of 24-year old Rae’Venne Faircloth-Thomas on June 23, 2017. The woman was found shot several times inside an SUV on Oneta Street in Youngstown.

Prosecutors say the victim and the suspects had argued over some property. Baker is accused of shooting the victim and Hickson is accused of driving the getaway car.

In court on Tuesday, Hickson plead guilty to a count of obstruction. Hickson’s lawyers admitted that going through with a trial could have resulted in a life sentence without parole if any jury convicted her.

“That is a risk she simply does not want to take,” said Attorney Lou DeFabio.

While Hickson will be sentenced later, authorities are still waiting to see if Baker takes his own deal with prosecutors. In the meantime, jury selection in the case is expected to resume on Wednesday.

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