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230 letters urge judge to deny early-release request

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    The burns Jaxon Majkut suffered when Adrianna Young’s vehicle crashed into his home in 2015 are still visible on the left side of his face in early December.



ELYRIA — The husband of the woman killed when Adrianna Young crashed her vehicle into the family’s home in 2015 has received hundreds of letters in support of his opposition to Young’s pending motion for judicial release.

Young, 25, of Oberlin, filed for early release from prison last month. In May, Young was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana in connection to the July 2015 incident that killed Debra Majkut.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled to take place in Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi’s courtroom next week. In an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram earlier this month, James Majkut asked people to send letters to his home address asking that Young not be granted an early release.

Majkut has received more than 230 letters and cards from people across the county, according to a court filing made by prosecutors. All of the letters and cards “were written to urge this Court to deny defendant’s motion for judicial release,” according to the filing.

“Though these letters come from different people in different places, they share common and recurring themes which include: a belief that the defendant’s current sentence is already lenient in light of her criminal offense and the devastation that she caused the Majkut family; a public outcry for justice for the Majkut family in the form of a complete prison sentence; and a call for this Court to deny the defendant’s request for judicial release,” the filing said.

On July 28, 2015, Young crashed her car into the family’s home while Debra Majkut was sitting in the living room on the couch with her infant son, Jaxon. Debra Majkut was killed in the crash, and Jaxon was trapped underneath Young’s vehicle, suffering burns on his face from the car’s exhaust.

The letters and cards sent to Majkut have been scanned by the prosecution and electronic copies will be given to Miraldi to review prior to next week’s hearing. The cards and letters also have been made available to Young’s lawyers, the filing said.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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