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Woman who drew judge's ire pleads no contest in separate cases

ELYRIA — A city woman sentenced to 300 days in jail for contempt of court last month has pleaded no contest to domestic violence and assault in separate cases.

Ebony Burks, 32, entered the pleas Monday before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who ordered her to pay $100 in fines and undergo a substance abuse evaluation. Locke Graves also gave her a year in jail, but suspended that time.

Burks remains jailed for her conduct during an Aug. 14 video arraignment in which she repeatedly challenged Elyria Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett, whom she argued with about a no-contact order he put in place that barred her from returning to her grandfather’s home. Burks had attacked her grandfather, Shedrick McCray, in the domestic violence case.

Bennett has said that the 300-day jail term — which soared from 200 days when Burks’ shouted “(Expletive) you!” at him — is the longest contempt sentence he’s ever handed down. He said Tuesday that Burks has yet to apologize to him for her conduct.

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