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Beating nets jail sentence

A man who pleaded guilty to beating one of his girlfriend’s family members was sentenced Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to three months’ local jail time.



In addition to the 90 days in Logan County Jail, Virgil A. Hinkle, 49, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to a five years’ community control and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, and attorney fees for aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony.

The defendant admitted in court that he’d never gotten along with his girlfriend’s nephew, Nicholas Marker, 33, of Bellefontaine, and they often fought, and sometimes those fights turned physical.

An indictment had also charged Mr. Hinkle with felonious assault, but that second-degree felony was dropped in exchange for Mr. Hinkle’s guilty plea.

The charges were the result of a fight between the men that ended with Mr. Hinkle beating his victim with what attorneys described as a metal handle used with a tire jack in the Detroit Street residence they shared.

Addressing the court, Mr. Hinkle apologized. He said he regretted his actions and cited alcohol as a reason for his behavior.

“If it weren’t for the state’s recommendation of 90 days in jail, you’d be going to prison,” Judge O’Connor said. “You’re lucky you didn’t kill him."

Read the full story in Tuesday's Examiner.

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