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Defendant pleads guilty to assaulting fellow inmate

MontyJeanneret

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A former Indian Lake-area gang member admitted Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to carrying out a prank that severely burned a fellow inmate at the local jail.

Monty Jeanneret, 20, of Russells Point, pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony. He was charged in November following an incident that saw the defendant sneak into a shower stall at the Logan County Jail and throw piping hot water onto the chest of an inmate taking a shower.

The defendant heated the water up in a microwave, according to Logan County prosecutors said. He told corrections officers at the jail the act was done as a joke.

Jail staff reported severe redness and peeling skin around the victim’s chest area.  

The assault happened just a few weeks before the defendant was sentenced to four years, 10 months in prison on charges that included two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and violating his probation. He participated in several car and personal watercraft thefts in conjunction with a lake-area gang that called itself the Trapstars.

There was some confusion around the recommended sentence that prevented the court from handing out a sentence Monday.

Prosecutors said they wanted to add a year to the defendant’s existing prison term, which doesn’t expire until 2017, but the plea agreement included a recommended two-year prison sentence that would run at the same time as Mr. Jeanneret’s current prison stay.

“That (a concurrent sentence) doesn’t add a year to his sentence if the out date isn’t until 2017,” Judge O’Connor observed.

Attorneys and the court decided to wait until Monday to sentence the defendant. He will be credited with 210 days of jail credit in this case.

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