Man sentenced for beating teen shutterbug

A Marietta man who beat a teenager unconscious for taking photos at the scene of an accident was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison.

Nick L. Losey Jr., 20, of 240 Hillcrest Drive, Marietta, pleaded guilty Oct. 15 to a third-degree felony count of intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case.

Losey got into a physical altercation with a 16-year-old boy who was photographing a vehicle accident that took place April 20 on Pennsylvania Avenue in Marietta.

Losey was not involved in the accident, said his attorney Ray Smith at the plea hearing. Rather he was on scene after the accident occurred.

He was apparently trying to help a friend by stopping the boy from collecting evidence of the accident, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

“He didn’t want anyone reporting it to police,” said Rings.

Losey beat the boy unconscious, and he was treated and released the same day, said Rings. The victim did not suffer any permanent injuries, he said.

“The (victim) wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was just trying to help a friend in the car accident,” said Rings.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth said a victim impact statement had been requested but had not been received.

In addition, no restitution was ordered at the Tuesday sentencing.

Losey will receive 105 days credit on the charge for time spent in the Washington County Jail following the initial incident.

Losey faced a maximum five years in prison on the charge, but his age and lack of prior felonies contributed to the two-year sentence outlined in the agreed disposition, said Rings.

Losey has prior convictions for a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft and a third-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief occurring in October 2012.

Losey will also file for early release, said Smith.

“We will file for judicial release in a timely fashion,” Smith told Burnworth at the sentencing.

Two second-degree felony counts of assault that stemmed from the same incident were dismissed upon Losey’s guilty plea to the intimidation charge.