OTTAWA — A Leipsic man was sentenced to an additional 36 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to one count of attempted felonious assault in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on May 28 of this year.
Mike Pardo III, 23, was originally charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection with an incident on Sept. 27, 2019, at the Putnam County Adult Detention Facility in Ottawa.
Pardo, who appeared via video from the Marion Correctional Institution, admitted he physically assaulted a female corrections officer because he was in possession of a bag of marijuana while inside the jail. To avoid the officer seizing the drug, he swallowed it.
The corrections officer tried to get the marijuana from him, but Pardo assaulted her.
During a discussion at the sentencing hearing before Judge Keith Schierloh, it was revealed that after the assault, the corrections officer actually tried to assist Pardo — who was choking on the bag of marijuana, which Pardo obtained from another inmate.
“He was afraid to get caught with contraband,” said Pardo’s attorney Christopher Zografides. “It’s not an excuse, it’s simply a reason. It’s a mitigating factor as to why he acted in such a foolish decision. It’s kind of a fight or flight type of reaction and his initial reaction was to fight the officer. It was stupid. He should of just gave up the contraband right away.”
As a result of the scuffle, the officer suffered a torn labrum in her hip and two herniated discs requiring surgical repair.
Under the plea agreement, besides the additional time, Pardo would have to pay $478.97 in restitution to the corrections officer for two days of lost pay. Pardo’s sentence would run consecutively to two other cases he is currently incarcerated for in the Marion Correctional Institution.
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