Man ordered to pay $7,478 in restitution for drinking-related assault

Cary Ashby • Apr 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

An assault defendant faces a nearly four-month jail term if he violates the terms of his misdemeanor probation.

On Wednesday, Ronald D. Ohm, 38, most recently of 16 N. Main St., New London, was placed on two years of community control sanctions, which include a $250 fine. He also must pay about $7,478 in restitution to Victims of Crime.

Ohm served 66 to 68 days in the Huron County Jail for a March 29, 2013 assault. The New London Police department investigated the case, which involved two male victims.

"This incident occurred after some heavy drinking between the defendant and the victims," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said at Wednesday's sentencing hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In late April 2013, a Huron County grand jury indicted Ohm on felonious assault, a third-degree felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison. In late January of this year, the defendant pleaded guilty to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Defense attorney John Sivinksi said the assault happened from a "good deed gone wrong" when his client intervened. Sivinksi didn't elaborate, but he said Ohm knows that anytime he uses his fists, someone can get hurt and there are serious consequences.

Ohm declined to speak on his own behalf Thursday.

"This fight resulted in a shove outside a drinking establishment," Judge Jim Conway said.

The judge ruled he doesn't think Ohm will commit any more violent crimes or any future offenses in general.

If Ohm violates the terms of his probation, he faces the remainder of a 180-day jail sentence -- the maximum punishment for a first-degree misdemeanor.

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