Jurors say guilty; judge says 10 years in prison


By J Swygart - [email protected]



Marcus Sullivan was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on a charge of felonious assault that included a repeat violent offender specification. An Allen County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before determining Sullivan choked a woman in the parking lot of a Lima business earlier this year.

Marcus Sullivan was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on a charge of felonious assault that included a repeat violent offender specification. An Allen County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before determining Sullivan choked a woman in the parking lot of a Lima business earlier this year.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — An Allen County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before finding a Delphos man guilty of choking the mother of his 11-year-old daughter earlier this year.

Jurors determined that testimony from the victim, coupled with video footage of the incident, was sufficient to convict Marcus Sullivan, 46, on a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Judge Terri Kohlrieser sentenced Sullivan to eight years in prison on the assault charge and further found that he met the legal definition of a repeat violent offender, a designation that added two more years behind bars.

Sullivan was convicted in 2010 of aggravated burglary with a firearm specification and for having weapons under disability. He showed no emotion when the verdict in his current case was announced.

Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines said security videos played for jurors show that Sullivan choked Lillie Burge to the point of unconsciousness on the evening of Jan. 27 in the parking lot of Heat Treating Technologies on East Fourth Street in Lima. On security video footage obtained from the company, the woman appears to briefly lose consciousness and fall to the ground in the snow-covered parking lot after a physical confrontation with Sullivan.

Kohlrieser imposed the maximum possible minimum sentence for the felonious assault after evidence at trial showed, in her words, that Sullivan “chose to strangle (Burge) to the point of incapacitation and then dropped her on the pavement like a rag doll.”

Burge testified that she was “not really able to breathe” when Sullivan reached through her car window and choked her with two hands. She was able to exit her vehicle, she said, but claimed Sullivan choked her again and threw her to the ground.

During his time on the witness stand, Sullivan denied having choked Burge and said he was merely protecting himself from her attacks when he grabbed her face and pushed her up against a car.

Sullivan said he had reached inside Burge’s vehicle to remove her keys because she had been drinking. He testified that he was cut several times by an unknown object wielded by the woman as he grabbed her keys.

Detective Sean Neidemire of the Lima Police Department was called to testify Tuesday morning about a jailhouse interview he had conducted with Sullivan. During that interview, Sullivan repeatedly denied choking Burge.

Jurors viewed the recorded interview during which Neidemire, who has specialized training in self-defense and combative resistance techniques, was adamant that Sullivan’s version of the altercation was not feasible.

“You choked her,” the detective said during the interview. “I know what an unconscious person looks like and she was definitely unconscious.”

Defense attorney Carroll Creighton said his client’s conviction will be appealed.

Marcus Sullivan was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on a charge of felonious assault that included a repeat violent offender specification. An Allen County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before determining Sullivan choked a woman in the parking lot of a Lima business earlier this year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Sullivan-sentenced.jpgMarcus Sullivan was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on a charge of felonious assault that included a repeat violent offender specification. An Allen County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before determining Sullivan choked a woman in the parking lot of a Lima business earlier this year. J Swygart | The Lima News

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