Local man pleads guilty to aggravated assault

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A Washington man was sentenced Friday to spend at least two years in a state prison in connection with a shooting outside a local convenience store last summer.


Hakeem Jamil Warren, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, and Washington County Judge John DiSalle sentenced him to 2 to 6 years with credit for time served since July 19, 2012.


On two counts of recklessly endangering another person, the judge ordered Warren to serve 6 to 24 months concurrently.


He is to continue to work toward an equivalency diploma, and the judge recommended that Warren be released when he completes his minimum sentence.


Warren also was ordered, along with co-defendant Leonardo Porter, 18, to pay restitution, as determined by Washington County authorities, to the victim, Austin Cole, 20, for medical expenses related to a wound of the upper arm and property damage.


DiSalle ordered Warren to have no contact with Porter, Cole, or two people who were with Cole the night of the shooting, Easton Lemon and Heather Alderson. They had engaged in a conversation about a broken window with Porter before the shooting outside a Mega Express convenience store at 326 Ridge Ave. in Washington. Cole was sitting in a car with Lemon and Alderson when Warren and Porter opened fire on the vehicle as the three drove away.


DiSalle sentenced Porter in February to 3 to 6 years in prison for aggravated assault. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website shows that he is serving his sentence at Pine Grove, Indiana County.


Warren and Porter originally were charged with attempted homicide, but those counts were dropped.


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