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Area man pleads guilty to felonious assault

December 31, 2013
By MARK LAW - For The Weirton Daily Times (mlaw@heraldstaronline.com) , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Kenneth L. Jett, 36, of 609 Trenton St., Toronto, was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Jett pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault.

A Steubenville police officer and sheriff's deputy were called to the 400 block of Dock Street on June 23 about a loud radio and children running around vehicles.

According to a deputy's report, a Dodge Durango driven by Jett, rammed vehicles parked in the front and rear of the Durango while trying to flee the scene. The vehicle also hit a sheriff's cruiser. According to reports, the Durango brushed up against the deputy, leading the deputy to fire shots into its passenger side tire in an attempt to disable it. The Steubenville officer also discharged his weapon.

According to reports, the vehicle was so close to the deputy that the Steubenville patrolman and two witnesses initially thought the deputy had been run over.

According to the reports, Jett also nearly struck the Steubenville officer. The officers said Jett didn't respond to repeated orders to stop.

The vehicle was found several blocks away with a tire flattened from the shots fired.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin recommended to Bruzzese that Jett be sentenced to two years on each count. She said the prosecutor's office won't object to Jett asking for judicial release after two years.

Lydia Spragin, defense attorney, told the judge that Jett is against violence, adding the incident was an accident.

Jett told Bruzzese it was never his intent to hurt anyone.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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