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Seevers sentenced to 9 months in prison

Photo by Janelle Patterson Lyrisha Marie Seevers, right, appears with Defense Attorney Eric Fowler in Washington County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for sentencing on a plea of attempted gross sexual imposition.

One-half of a duo in a joint case of sex crimes upon a minor was sentenced to prison Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Lyrisha Marie Seevers, 23, of 276 Ridgewood Drive, Apt. G, Marietta, was initially indicted with rape, a first-degree felony; complicity in the commission of an offense, also a first-degree felony; and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

Co-defendant Ryan William Seevers, Lyrisha’s 24-year-old husband of 129 Shook Road, Marietta, was also indicted on the same charges in November of 2020.

The wife was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison after pleading to an amended count of attempted gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, in March.

According to Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil, the husband has also pleaded to the same amended charge and is expected to be sentenced later this month.

The couple was initially charged with the rape of a child who was 6 years old at the time of the offenses in 2019.

“She ran to the sheriff’s office first and tried to get him in trouble, then we talked to him and he tried to get her in trouble and so they both ended up confessing to a certain extent to different things,” explained Coil. “It’s a sad story.”

On Thursday, Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi also classified Lyrisha Seevers as a Tier II sex offender.

She was represented by Defense Attorney Eric Fowler during the hearing, who noted her past could be included in the review of applicable sentencing.

“She has several mitigating factors about her life that kind of put her here today, along with her own actions,” said Fowler.

Seevers declined to speak on her own behalf before Kerenyi announced the sentence.

“I will note the court does have the discretion to impose a prison sentence even though it’s an F-4 based on this being a sex offense, so pursuant to the agreement the court does find that a prison term is consistent with the purpose in principal sentencing,” said Kerenyi, before sentencing Seevers to serve nine months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

He also ordered that she is to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, for applicable notice to also be given to the victim in the case.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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