Two sentenced in common pleas court

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller handed down two different sentences Monday in two very different cases.

David M. Kausky, 35, of Amsterdam was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for raping an 8-year-old girl in 2016.

Kausky showed no emotion when the mother of the girl struggled to read a victim’s impact statement.

“This has been a long road. She is no longer the child she used to be because of you. She has anxiety now and cries uncontrollably. To watch my child go through that pain makes me upset because there is nothing I can do but be there for her. She was always a smiling and happy-go-lucky little girl. Now she has a long road to heal. You ruined her life and I hope you think about that for the rest of your life,” the mother told Kausky.

Kausky did not respond to the statement.

In addition to the life sentence, Miller sentenced Kausky to register as a tier III sex offender if he is ever paroled.

Kausky had pleaded guilty to a four-count indictment of rape.

The prosecutor’s office and defense attorney had agreed to recommend the life sentence with the possibility of parole after serving 15 years.

Kausky was indicted by the grand jury on Feb. 7 but failed to show for his arraignment. He was arrested on Feb. 25 by the U.S. Marshals Service at an RV park in Marietta.

He also was placed on lifetime weapons disability and ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.

He was given credit for the 261 days he has been held in the county jail.

“You have plenty of time to think about your actions, and society will be protected from someone like you,” Miller told Kausky.

A second sentencing hearing saw Miller place Matthew A. Lawson, 40, of Toronto on three years of probation for partially biting another man’s nose off during a fight outside of a Toronto bar in November 2016.

Lawson had pleaded guilty to felonious assault.

Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said doctors tried unsuccessfully to re-attach the part of the nose. He said the victim is undergoing reconstructive surgery.

Lawson faced a prison sentence of two to eight years

“This incident will forever haunt me. I went to the bar and was not looking for an altercation, but he wanted to fight.

“I have suffered pain and suffering and looked like a monster on Halloween. I went through months of healing and surgery. I still see myself without a nose, and the scars will never heal. Jail time might give him time to reflect on what he has done,” the victim said in a statement to the judge.

According to defense attorney Costa Mastros, the two men were playing pool together the night of the incident.

“Mr. Lawson was born and raised in Toronto. He has no criminal history. The night of the incident he turned himself in to Toronto Police. He has been a law-abiding citizen all his life. We stand ready to start making payments on the unpaid $40,000 medical bills of the victim,” stated Mastros.

“I apologize for the pain and suffering I caused. I am willing to shake hands. I do want to apologize to you,” Lawson told the victim.

After sentencing Lawson to three years of probation, Miller told him she still had three years in prison in reserve if he violated the terms of his community control.

“You will make payments on the $40,000 restitution and do 40 hours of community service with a charitable organization. And you are sentenced to lifetime weapons disability,” added Miller.