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Bonecutter plea deal is rejected

February 9, 2013
By MARK LAW - Staff writer (mlaw@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A Jeromesville man who allegedly pulled a man off an ATV and punched him in the face in July will stand trial on a felonious assault charge after Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. rejected a plea agreement on Friday.

Roy Bonecutter, 31, was indicted on a charge of felonious assault.

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. He said the prosecutor's office would have a hard time proving serious physical harm, an element of felonious assault.

Sarap said the prosecutor's office was willing to reduce the felony felonious assault, punishable by two to eight years in prison, to a misdemeanor charge of assault. An assault charge is punishable by up to six months in the county jail.

Bonecutter has two prior felony theft convictions.

Bruzzese called Sarap and defense attorney David Vukelic to the bench and told them he wasn't willing to accept the plea offer because he wouldn't allow a misdemeanor for pulling a man off an ATV and assaulting him.

Also, Brent E. King, 25, of 714 Euclid Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a charges of burglary and theft in connection with the break-in of a home in Toronto and the theft of a TV in April.

The one-year sentence will be served concurrently to a 16-month sentence he is currently serving for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.

King will be on probation for two years, during which time he has to make $1,298 in restitution to the victim.

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

 
 

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