Staff Writer

JEFFERSON - - A Jefferson man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for felonious assault.

Common Pleas Court Judge Alfred Mackey credited Jerry Ray Blankenship of 5407 Fort Ave. for 107 days served in jail, prior to handing down the sentence for the second-degree felony. Blankenship pleaded guilty May 16 to a single felonious assault charge in a plea deal with the county prosecutor's office.

Blankenship's defense lawyer, public defender Marie Lane, was present for the sentencing. Assistant county prosecutor Bruce Bennett represented the state.

The original charges included two counts of kidnapping stemming from the beating and assault of Blankenship's 17-year-old ex-girlfriend on Jan. 20. Mackey found the defendant has a history of prior criminal convictions and took into account the victim's impact statement during the hearing.

He advised the defendant that he will be subject to postrelease control, which will be monitored by the court's probation office, for three years when he is released from prison. The judge also recommended that Blankenship participate in an intensive program for occupational training and/ or educational training while incarcerated.

Blankenship was returned to county jail, and then transported to Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton.

Star Beacon Print Edition: 9/8/2006

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