Jury trial averted when Lima man pleads to assault charge


LIMA — A jury trial scheduled for Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court proved unnecessary after the defendant accepted a deal from prosecutors late Monday.

Tyre Jackson, 49, was set to stand trial on a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for striking a female and leaving her with two facial fractures and two broken ribs in January of this year. He agreed at the 11th hour to plead guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Oct. 19.

According to court documents, Jackson was intoxicated and was being aggressive to a room full of people who had gathered at a residence in the 100 block of North Woodlawn Avenue when he was confronted by the female. She told police Jackson struck her repeatedly, causing the injures. An independent witness gave a similar account of the incident.

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