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Man sentenced to 14 years for beating women

Photo by Michele Newbanks Rolf Baumgartel, attorney for Jonathan Hearn, explains the Reagan Tokes Act to his client during his sentencing Wednesday afternoon in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

A Marietta man was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 14 years in prison for savagely beating two women last year.

Jonathan L. Hearn, 47, of 602 Front St. Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault before being sentenced by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth. The maximum sentence he could have received was 16 years in prison, eight years for each count.

Hearn was originally indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury on two counts of attempted murder, along with the felonious assault charges.

“The attempted murder charges were tacked on by the grand jury, but there was no way to prove it,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin. “But it was definitely felonious assault.”

Officers from the Marietta Police Department were dispatched to Hearn’s residence Dec. 1 for a violent disturbance in progress. When they arrived at the home, Hearn’s girlfriend was allegedly running and screaming for help to her neighbor’s house.

When the police ran to Hearn’s porch, they reported that they could see him standing over his girlfriend’s sister, as she was on a stairwell landing to the upstairs apartment. Hearn’s fists were reportedly clenched as he screamed profanities at her. Reports state the sister appeared unresponsive and had blood pouring from her mouth.

The girlfriend’s mother reportedly stumbled down the stairs and sat stunned in the stairwell. The right side of her face was bloody, her right eye was cut open, her nose was swollen and her mouth was bleeding. The sister remained unresponsive as the police waited for the ambulance.

The girlfriend told police Hearn had been drinking alcohol heavily. He reportedly had an altercation with her sister and when he became angry, the girlfriend left the apartment. When she and her mother went back to the apartment to check on the sister and her children, Hearn allegedly accused her mother and sister of trying to steal his children. Her mother was holding her 1-year-old granddaughter when Hearn allegedly punched her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to drop the baby. He reportedly punched her several more times before he slammed her against a bedroom wall and threw her on the ground.

Hearn then allegedly punched the sister in the face and slammed her to the ground. He then reportedly picked her up and threw her face first down the stairs, where her head struck a wall on the landing.

The officers later went to the hospital, where both women were wearing neck braces. The sister had lost a tooth, two were broken in half, and more bottom teeth were broken. Police were told she had a fractured skull, a brain bleed, a broken rib and two fractured vertebrae. She was later flown to Grant Hospital in Columbus.

Burnworth asked Hearn if that was what happened that day, and he replied, “yeah.”

The victims were notified that Hearn was pleading guilty, but were unable to appear in court. Derkin said they agreed with the sentence.

When Hearn had the chance to speak on his own behalf, he said “I do, but nothing comes to mind.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Jonathan L. Hearn, 47, of Marietta, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

• He pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of felonious assault.

• His maximum sentence possible was 16 years.

• During an altercation, Hearn beat two women, putting them in the hospital.

Source: Washington County Common Pleas Court.

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