Jeremy Holmberg came to his sentencing hearing Friday with his right hand heavily wrapped in gauze. He had been discharged from Fisher-Titus Medical Center that morning after being treated for injuries he sustained in a Huron County Jail assault.
"He assaulted another inmate during the (Oct. 30) church service," Sgt. Christopher Stanfield, a jail supervisor, said earlier. "He ended up with stitches in his hand from striking the victim. ... He is being treated for complications."
The victim is an inmate who faces a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He was sent to Fisher-Titus to get 17 stitches on his lip and for treatment of a facial abrasion.
Defense attorney Timothy Dempsey briefly addressed the altercation at Friday's hearing.
"He doesn't like child molesters," he said. "I'm not justifying what happened or what he did. It explains his actions a bit."
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who described the assault as unprovoked, is considering a felonious assault charge. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to eight years of mandatory prison time.
"He beat someone severely," Leffler said. "I'm sure he's going to be (prosecuted). He hasn't been charged yet."
The prosecutor earlier said he was unsure if the assault stemmed from Holmberg "looking at a lot of years" for a March 18 robbery. He was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison.
"When you look at the defendant's side, you've got someone who hasn't learned much," Leffler said Friday, adding that Holmberg keeps "upping the ante on his criminal activities."
Visiting Common Pleas Judge Burt Griffin said the assault epitomizes the need for the court to protect the public in relation to sentencing Holmberg for the home invasion.
"While in jail, he lacked self control," the judge said. "This is a man at his age (27) who has no self control."
Huron County sheriff's deputies intended to transport Holmberg directly from court to prison, Griffin said, after the court completed the paperwork from his sentencing hearing. Defendants sentenced to prison typically go back to jail to await a prison transfer.