ELYRIA — An Elyria man was sentenced to six years in prison for a February fight in which he allegedly beat two men into unconsciousness.
Waylon Nail, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault for the attack that put two men, Mark Reed Jr., 46, and Ashley Hughart, 38, in the hospital. Nail also had faced attempted murder charges from the incident, but those charges were dismissed, according to attorney Christopher Rewak.
Judge Christopher Rothgery sentenced Nail to six years in prison last week in county Common Pleas Court.
On Feb. 5, Lorain County sheriff’s deputies were called to an East River Road home in Carlisle Township just after midnight by a woman who claimed to have heard a man and woman inside screaming.
When deputies arrived, Nail answered the door and they saw two men, later identified as Reed and Hughart, on the floor. Both men were unconscious and had “severe facial bruising,” according to a police report.
Nail told deputies that everyone at the house had been drinking heavily, and he and Reed decided to go outside and punch a woodpile with their bare hands. Instead, Nail said, Reed and Hughart began to argue, and when he tried to intervene, Reed tried to attack him with a hatchet. He also told deputies that Reed hit him in the head with a large, heavy flashlight.
According to the report, Nail, who had blood on his clothes, told deputies that he didn’t strike either man, although he did push Reed to the ground. He said Reed and Hughart beat each other unconscious.
A witness that came forward later said Reed and Nail, who were upset over a missing cell phone, were arguing, which woke up Hughart. Hughart, the witness said, grabbed the hatchet to keep Nail away from him.
The witness said she heard screaming from inside the house, and when she went back inside, Nail was standing over Reed and Hughart and kicked both in the head.
When he was questioned after arriving at Lorain County Jail, Nail reiterated his story from earlier, but said Hughart was armed with the hatchet. He maintained that the two men had beaten each other unconscious but did admit that he had “nudged” them with his foot three times to see if they were sleeping.