YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A city man Wednesday pleaded guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for shooting a woman who was vandalizing a car in his yard. He also pleaded guilty to a separate gun charge.
Leland Love, 21, pleaded guilty before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum to a charge of felonious assault for the Jan. 11 shooting and a separate charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The attorneys in the case are recommending a sentence of six to seven and a half years on the felonious assault charge and an additional year for the firearms charge, for a total of seven to eight and a half years in prison.
Sentencing will be on April 26.
Love was first arrested after police were called about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 11 to a home on Edwards Street for a report of gunfire.
As police arrived, a woman showed up at St. Elizabeth Health Center to be treated after she was grazed by a bullet.
Police said Love fired at the woman from a window in the home as she was vandalizing a car in the backyard and he was arrested.
While free on bail March 3, a car he was driving was pulled over by police and officers found a loaded .40-caliber handgun, reports said.
After that arrest, Love’s bond was revoked and he has been in the county jail since then.