ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of injuring an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper in an altercation was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges connected to the incident.
Cornelius Carey, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony felonious assault, three counts of first-degree felony kidnapping, obstructing official business and resisting arrest Thursday before Judge Raymond Ewers, according to court documents.
On Jan. 11, a trooper from the Elyria post went to check on the welfare of a man walking in the road just outside LaGrange about 7:16 a.m. The man, Carey, was walking in the middle of Diagonal Road near Whitehead Road, troopers have said.
Trooper Lance Deshuk found Carey near the intersection of Diagonal Road and Biggs Road. Carey was confrontational and struck Deshuk in the face, troopers said.
A LaGrange Township woman who was driving by the scene called 911, telling the operator she saw the man “brutally beating the officer.” The woman said the man bit half of the trooper’s ear off.
Shortly after being indicted on charges in connection to the assault on the trooper, Carey filed a motion to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. In March he was deemed incompetent to stand trial and unable to assist in his defense “due to the symptoms of his present mental condition.”
A few weeks later, though, Carey was ruled competent to assist in his defense by Northcoast Behavioral hospital after a competency evaluation.
Carey’s defense attorney, Jack Bradley, has said his client is a paranoid schizophrenic, but Northcoast said Carey’s illness is in remission.
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