Jury finds guilt in gunfire case of Elyria man

STEUBENVILLE – A Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury found Donald D. Mims, 29, of Elyria guilty Thursday of two counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and menacing by stalking in connection with a shot being fired inside a Yorkville apartment on March 18.

Common Pleas Judge David Henderson will schedule a sentencing hearing.

Yorkville Police Chief John Morelli said Mims held his girlfriend hostage at her home in the 600 block of Public Road and wouldn’t let her leave her home.

Morelli said Mims and the woman got on a bus after the incident and went to Martins Ferry. The woman then contacted Martins Ferry Police, who called Yorkville Police.

Morelli said the woman claimed a shot was fired into a wall in the house by Mims. Mims was later arrested by Martins Ferry Police in that city. Morelli said a bullet was recovered from the wall at the Public Road residence, and a shell casing was found in the home.

Morelli said three children, ages 8 months and 2 and 4 years old, were in the house when the incident occurred.

Mims was not permitted to be in possession of a gun following a prior felony domestic violence conviction in Lorain County and drug felony convictions in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.

Mims faces more than five years in prison.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)