Sax sent to slammer

After learning he would spend the next 12 years in prison, Norwalk man lashes out at judge and prosecutor.
Cary Ashby
Oct 10, 2013

Defendant Jeremy M. Sax frowned when the judge announced Thursday he would spend 10 years in prison for aggravated burglary.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then said the 35-year-old Norwalk man would serve an additional two years for tampering with evidence.

That's when the man with multiple tattoos on the back of his shaven head and around his neck directed his anger toward the court and county prosecutor.

"I understand you give more time (to me) than a child molester in this (expletive) county," Sax told Conway.

"I hope you sleep good," Sax said, turning to face Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler.

Sax repeated the comments. Conway immediately told the defendant to settle down or he would have him thrown out of court and jailed.

At the same time, Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Stanfield and Deputy Mitch Cawrse approached and surrounded the defendant's chair. Stanfield, who stood at Sax's left shoulder, kept his right hand covering his holstered gun for the rest of the sentencing hearing.

On Oct. 3, after nearly two days of testimony, a jury found Sax guilty of robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence. Jurors deliberated for slightly less than an hour.

The charges are for a violent, March 1 drug-related home invasion which sent the male victim to Fisher-Titus Medical Center to get staples in his head.

Conway said the facts show Sax intended to cause serious physical harm to the victim "as he entered the premises." The judge also said consecutive sentences were necessary to "protect the public from future crimes by the offender" and would reflect the seriousness of the crime.

The victim had requested $700 in restitution. Because the man didn't come to court to testify or for Sax's sentencing and didn't provide authorities with any documentation that substantiated the $700, Conway turned down the request.

Sax and the victim had dated the same 23-year-old New London woman, who went to her ex-boyfriend's Fitchville Township home to retrieve her laptop computer. Charges against her were dismissed later.

Former Norwalk resident Larry Thornsberry, 36, has been convicted of grabbing the victim in a choke-hold from behind while Sax repeatedly hit him with the metal end of an airsoft pistol to get money and heroin from him.

Sax's sister and Thornsberry's girlfriend, Treva M. Campbell, 30, also has pleaded guilty to driving the pair to the victim's home and also away from the crime scene -- at which time Sax threw the "pretend gun" out of the passenger window. A Huron County Sheriff's Office search team found the pistol in a creek under a Jennings Road bridge adjacent to the Fitchville Conservation Club seven days later.

"The defendant did stick a pretend gun in the face of a boy," Leffler told the court Thursday.

The 16-year-old boy testified Sax pointed the gun at him and told him to go back upstairs when he attempted to confront Sax. The boy said he planned to retrieve a baseball bat from a shelf behind Sax in order to help the victim.

Conway ruled Thursday the robbery and aggravated burglary charges are "allied." The state chose to pursue the more serious felony, the aggravated burglary, which was punishable by three to 11 years in prison. Sax faced a maximum of 14.

"I think the court should lock him away as long as they can. We'd like the court to come as close to (14 years) as possible," Leffler said. "(Sax's) record is replete with anger, fighting and carrying on."

Sax's previous charges and convictions include robbery, gross sexual imposition, a post-release control violation, felonious assault, domestic violence, resisting arrest and menacing by stalking.

"Several of these ended in prison sentences," Leffler said.

"It seems like if you have the opportunity to commit another offense, you take it and run with it," the prosecutor said about Sax.

Defense attorney Sarah Nation said very little at Thursday's hearing.

Sax declined to speak on his own behalf.

"No sir," was what Sax told Conway when he was asked if he wanted to say anything -- shortly before his aforementioned outbursts.

Sax can apply for early release after spending six years in prison. Once he's out, he will be on five years of mandatory parole.

Immediately after the hearing, a deputy escorted the defendant out of the courtroom.

Comments

jas

First of all, the Judge has to comply with the law. He can't just throw someone in prison because he wants to. Most first time felons are required to get some form of probation. The Judge has little choice.

Secondly, if sex offenders are "sick" then the Judge must give them treatment. He can't lock them up and throw away the key simply because he doesn't like them. He must follow the law.

Thirdly, if Huron County sends too many people to prison, the State of Ohio will reduce their funding. The Judge must pick and choose who goes to prison. He can't send every felon or else the County will lose money.

Fourthly, Ohio has limited prison space. We are one of the top five states in our prison population and it's costing us a lot of money. We simply can't afford to send every felon to prison. It costs too much money. People don't want to spend more money on kids for schools. Do you really think that a majority of people want their taxes raised for more prisons?

Sarrak

jas - I pretty much agree and I would add: Fifthly, to those who want to build more prisons Huron County is likely to be the next location. This County was 2nd the last time Ohio built a prison. And if a prison is built here relatives of those locked up there are likely to move here causing a rise in our own crime rate.

swiss family

please put up his mug shot again , where he had that smug look on his face, like he was untouchable.... in fact put it right next to the gasping, surprised look he has now when he sees reality for the first time in a long time.......... I say .... "Good........................................................BYE"..

1974tillnow

Here is the solution Norwalk residents have been looking for...... being sold as heroin. Kills within two years. http://www.latimes.com/nation/na...

happyfeet64

1974tillnow-good link,wasn't aware of this crap.

starryeyes83

Krokodil's been around for long time. I mentioned it a week or so ago on the "heroin is scourge" article -- when they ( other news ) reported it finally hit the US.

USA Today reported it about a month ago.

Scary...ain't it.

luvblues2

The best tat he could have would be a small blue dot on the top of his head. Cue ball style.

swiss family

Mr Sax...I just have to correct something that you said... In your anger you told the Judge and Prosecutor that you "hope they sleep good at night" I don't want to be the vocabulary police on here, but you should have said " I hope you sleep WELL at night" and I also think I can assure you that the Judge will sleep well at night, and I am sure that the Prosecutor will sleep well at night, in fact I think everyone in Norwalk, Willard and all of Huron County will sleep WELL at night, especially since you and Norvell McIntire are put away and are exactly where you belong... so I say to you ... I hope YOU sleep GOOD at night , with all the other criminals surrounding you as you sleep!!

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