LIMA — A Lima man who injured his wife by ramming her parked car with his own vehicle has been sentenced to four years in prison.
James Boroff, 39, will be eligible to request an early release from prison after serving six months, according to Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed.
Boroff admitted in court Thursday that he was angry at his wife for having an extramarital affair and his judgment was clouded by his addiction to opioid painkillers when he used his vehicle to ram a parked car as his wife attempted to enter it, causing her to suffer substantial injuries. In September he pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of felonious assault in exchange for the state’s dismissal of two remaining counts against him.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Anthony Miller said last month that a plea deal was offered after “extensive conversations” with Karla Boroff, the victim.
In court Thursday, Boroff’s attorney painted a picture of a man whose life has been ruined by his opioid addiction.
“Jim has a loving, beautiful wife, and he was a loving husband … and then he had back surgery,” said defense attorney Kenneth Rexford. “Less than three years later, I am sitting here next to a man who is completely broken — emotionally, physically, every way possible. He is a raging addict who has no control over his emotions. I hate the heartbreak that has happened to Jim and his family.”
Boroff addressed the court prior to sentencing and choked back tears as he apologized to his wife.
“I have taken full responsibility for my actions; I don’t want to appear to be making excuses,” Boroff told the judge. “I feel like I’ve needed help for a long time now, but I always thought I could handle it. Then everything just spiraled out of control.”
Boroff said he never intended to hurt his wife.
“You can put me away for 20 years, and I’ll never feel as bad as I did at that moment,” he told Reed. “I just ask that you don’t remove me from society. I still believe I can do good.”
In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered Boroff to undergo substance abuse and psychological evaluations while in prison.