Giovanni#039;s robber gets eight years

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2004

The 17-year-old South Point youth

accused of holding up two local pizza shops will come of age and spend the first years of his adult life behind bars.

Johnathan Hudnall Jr. pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated burglary. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown sentenced Hudnall to 5 years on each count, and imposed a 3-year sentence for each of the gun specifications that is mandated by the state when a firearm is used in the commission of a crime. The 5-year sentences will be served concurrently.

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In sentencing Hudnall, McCown

noted that the victims in both incidents "suffered psychological and economic harm" and that the juvenile has a "lengthy background of juvenile delinquency adjudications and he has not responded favorable to sanctions as previously imposed in juvenile court."

According to court records, McCown also considered that the defendant "has shown no genuine remorse for these acts and that there is a high likelihood of the defendant committing future crimes."

Hudnall was accused of holding up Judy's Giovanni's Aug. 26 and then the Giovanni's at Aid two days later. Two adults who were allegedly with him at the time, Jason Ackerson, of South Point, and Robert Erwin, of Ironton, are incarcerated in other areas in connection with other incidents.