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Man charged for 17th DUI could see only 4 months


YOUNGSTOWN — Though a highly publicized 2010 Trumbull County case resulted in a man getting a 10-year prison sentence for his 15th drunken-driving conviction, the case of an Austintown man getting a fraction of that jail time has a significant difference, an assistant prosecutor says.

David T. Black, 61, of Austintown, was sentenced in January in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison and likely will serve only four months after being convicted of drunken driving for what Austintown police reported was his 17th time. He is in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

The Trumbull County case involved Keith Urso, then 49, of Warren, who prosecutors said committed his 15th OVI offense when he was spotted driving erratically, causing a concerned motorist to call 911. Urso parked his car in a tavern parking lot in Mecca Township and fell asleep; the car was running when police arrived.

Trumbull County prosecutors indicted Urso on felony drunken driving and specifications that alleged Urso had previously been convicted of OVI at least five times in the previous 20 years. He was convicted at trial and served a 10-year sentence — five years for the drunken driving offense and five years for the repeat offender specification.

Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.





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