ELYRIA — A Wellington Township man who assaulted his fianc￩e last summer then shot himself in the head recently pleaded guilty to a felony charge and was placed on probation.
Joel Slone, 51, was sentenced May 31 to three years’ community control after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, and domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery’s court.
Slone also was ordered to find a full-time job, continue counseling and therapy and to pay all court costs and supervision fees or face between 12 and 18 months in prison, according to court records.
Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies responded July 10 to a report of a man who had shot himself at a residence in the 43000 block of Smith Road. Slone’s fianc￩e said he had a self-inflicted head wound, but Slone was alive and talking.
The woman said she had returned home from a night out to find Slone intoxicated. The two argued before Slone threw a coffee table, pulled a gun from a table and struggled with the woman over the firearm.
Slone knocked her down, punched her and shot himself with a .22-caliber revolver, the fianc￩e told police, with the bullet entering and exiting his head. He was treated at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and released.
Deputies removed multiple guns from the house, and later discovered Slone and the fianc￩e had married less than a week after the incident.
Slone initially was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in April, according to court records.