'I just want to die right now … I can't do Christmas without my fiancee'

'Mildly retarded' convict sent to prison after entering home through bedroom window, holding down mentally-challenged woman and having sex with her.
Cary Ashby
Dec 5, 2012


Upset about going to prison, the convicted sex offender hit himself several times in the head with his fist.

"I hate myself," said John L. McBride Jr., 29, of New Carlisle.

Moments earlier, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway announced he was sentencing McBride to 17 months in prison. In October, the defendant pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted sexual battery for a July 16 incident at a Norwalk mobile home involving a 19-year-old mentally challenged woman.

"I just want to die right now. ... If I go today (to prison), I'm going to kill myself," McBride said during a recess. "I can't do Christmas without my fiancee."

Conway took a recess after McBride became increasingly upset and agitated Tuesday. During the hearing, investigator Bob McDowell, of the Huron County Prosecutor's Office, gave the defendant a hug. Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Rich Larson stood close to McBride's side, sometimes putting a hand on his shoulder to calm him down and often having to direct McBride's attention to the judge, who was advising him of his rights.

The victim in the case has the mental abilities of an 8-year-old child. McBride has the capacity of a 13-year-old.

Just before the recess, Huron County Public Defender David Longo stood up abruptly and demanded his client be allowed to withdraw his plea. After Conway later confirmed with McBride that was what he wanted, the judge said not being happy with the sentence isn't a "valid reason."

Longo said his understanding during plea negotiations with Prosecutor Russell Leffler was that the state "was going to take it easy" and was astonished to learn the prosecutor was going to "hammer" his client during sentencing. Leffler had recommended a 17-month prison term. Conway said he understands that the "full range" of sentencing would be available.

"This is kind of a complicated case," Leffler said earlier in Tuesday's hearing.

McBride "took advantage" of knowing the victim was "very slow," said the prosecutor, who noted McBride is "kinda slow himself."

"I don't see a good reason not to impose a lengthy prison term," Leffler said.

Longo, in response, said his client has received MRDD services from two counties and noted he has a "significant psychiatric history." He said McBride is "mentally retarded" and has "a history of mental illness."

"He's disabled; he's never been able to work," Longo told the judge.

"A 17-month prison term would destroy him," the public defender said. "If there ever was a case to temper justice with mercy, this would be it."

Longo also addressed the victim's allegation there was some coercion or use of force.

"The parents of the young lady were home. She did not cry out. In fact, it looks like she helped him through the window," Longo said.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Bill Duncan investigated the July 16 incident when McBride was in Norwalk visiting his girlfriend, presumably the woman to whom is now engaged.

Deputies have said McBride entered the victim's home through her bedroom window, held her down and had sex with her. McBride reportedly left through the same window. Leffler, at Tuesday's emotional hearing, mentioned the woman may have helped McBride with getting access to a chair near the window, but didn't elaborate.

McBride talked the victim "into doing something and he should have known that she wasn't surely competent," Leffler said earlier. Longo said Tuesday the case came down to "the person who is less retarded got charged."

A sexual assault nurse examiner found evidence of trauma after she examined the woman at the Nord Center in Lorain County. Deputies collected evidence and sent it to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for processing.

McBride, before making his first of several loud emotional outbursts, said he admits he had "a role in what happened."

"I'm extremely sorry for what I did," said the defendant, who then said he wasn't "completely to blame."

Once McBride is released from prison, he will have to register his address with the sheriff's office where he'll live every 90 days for the rest of his life. His Tier III sexual offender classification also comes with community notification. He won't be allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a daycare center, preschool or school.

McBride served 96 days in the Huron County Jail before being released on an unspecified court order; that time will be credited toward his prison term. He is expected to be on five years of post-release control.



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Of Mice and Men Lenny had to be put down and all he wanted to do was pet someone.


sounds like leffler found one he could win without any effort...


He knew where to go and how to get in. He also knew her state of mind. Last time I checked that's called pre meditation.


What I can't believe is he has a fiance still?

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So Leffler will nail a mentally retarded man to the wall but some junkie who been arrested numerous times he recommends a slap on the wrist...yeah that makes sense.


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I do not believe for a minute that it was rape in the true form. If as all says on IQ's and mentality. It was more like a couple kids who agreed to late nite houchy/cue. Then someone found out and because the guy (13 yrold child) actually did the sneaking in, he is to blame. just my 2cents


Agree Tuckin...........


If he was a heroin junky who broke into the girls house, hit her with a bat, stole her piggy bank and bounced, he'd get rehab clinic instead of jail time.


I still haven't stop laughing...but...about right.


You got to be kidding judge..putting a mentally disabled person in a regular prision??? Omg!!! He needs to go to TDC in Tiffin judge!!! Read your law books again.


Sounds to me like two "kids" who really didn't know better just had some fun, then the girl's parents found out and decide to ruin this guy's life. Who's to say the girl didn't lure him in - she did, after all, help him get into the bedroom. Who's to say the guy, with his limited mental capacity, didn't know any better either. Have a little mercy. Shoving this guy in the slammer with the general population where he will get ridiculed and made fun of, while rapists, druggies, and drunks walk free with slaps on the wrist. I'm not defending the man, but I am disgusted with how this was handled.


He has a fiancee but has to go elsewhere the get a piece of strange. But now he wants his fiancee. How strange is that?


-i guess all the junkies dont go in all messed up because conway dont like the mentally retarded. maybe someone should give them a much of dope before they go in than maybe conway would give them more than a slap.a good way to take some of them off the streets