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Guilty plea in July 2012 shooting of Kent teen

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published: February 6, 2013 4:00 AM

A former Streetsboro resident has admitted to shooting a 17-year-old Kent teen twice during an incident on Silver Meadows Boulevard in July 2012.

Dustin A. Dent, 25, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony with a firearms specification. He faces three to 11 years in prison.

The firearms specification also will require him to serve a mandatory three years in prison consecutive to whatever sentence Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman orders. A sentencing hearing is pending an expedited pre-sentence investigation.

By pleading guilty, Dent admitted to shooting a 17-year-old Kent boy in the head and shoulder, and grazing his torso with another bullet during an incident at 782 Silver Meadows Blvd. on July 18, 2012. The victim, whom police did not identify, was treated and released from a hospital. Kent police did not provide a motive for the shooting at the time.

Dent fled but later turned himself in to the Medina County Sheriff's Office less than a week later on an arrest warrant filed by Kent police. He has been held in the Portage County jail pending trial since his arrest. A trial was scheduled to begin in Pittman's courtroom Feb. 5.

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Dent's Facebook page said he worked in home construction and remodeling after graduating Streetsboro High School in 2007. His last known address was 9247 Briar Drive, Streetsboro, though he apparently was homeless at the time of the shooting.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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anonymous Feb 6, 2013 11:03 PM

All over drugs!!! If the kent drug agent would spend some time in kent it might put a little pressure on these dealers! Instead I bet he grows his facial scruff and drives around with his group looking for meth labs in Brady lake! What's the point of having an agent from each department when they don't even spend anytime in their area? It's like a freaking tard driving a bus full of tards around the block acting like their getting somewhere! Hey tards your going in circles!!!! What a joke this group of wanna B's have become!