Man sentenced in ATV assault

STEUBENVILLE – Roy L. Bonecutter, 31, of Jeromesville was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to an amended indictment charging aggravated assault.

He initially was charged with felonious assault in connection with pulling a man off an ATV in May and punching the man in the face. Bonecutter was set to plead guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of assault but Bruzzese wouldn’t allow the plea agreement with the county prosecutor’s office.

County Assistant Prosecutor George Sarap said the prosecutor’s office was told the victim lost all his teeth as a result of the assault. He said the prosecutor’s office then learned the teeth were extracted because of a different reason.

Bonecutter, who has prior felony convictions and has served time in prison, will be on probation for two years after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Also, Grant A. Coleman III, 32, of Chicago was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday by Bruzzese after pleading guilty to charges associated with a county drug task force raid on Oct. 23 on State Street.

Coleman pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, with a school specification, possession of heroin and tampering with evidence. Bruzzese ordered $1,946 in cash confiscated during the raid be forfeited to the drug task force.

Four of the five people indicted in connection with the raid have now either been sentenced to prison or the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.