Man who beat wife's heroin supplier with baseball bat gets sentenced
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —
A man convicted of beating his wife’s heroin supplier with a baseball bat has been sentenced to probation by an Ohio judge who noted extensive support for the defendant from a community fed up with drug problems.
On Dec. 9, 2015, Sobony grabbed an aluminum baseball bat from his garage and sent Larry Jewell to intensive care with skull fractures, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Sobony's attorney, Sam Shamansky, held the bat on Thursday in a Franklin County courtroom and told jurors that he would have gone further.
"I’d pull out this bat and I’d beat him to death because that’s what he deserves," Shamansky said of the victim in a defiant closing argument.
"You come and mess with one of my family members and stick that poison in their veins ... I'm going to take pleasure in splitting your head open."
The Columbus Dispatch reports Edwin Sobony II could have faced eight years in prison but was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for felonious assault.
Franklin County Judge Charles Schneider said he doesn’t support “vigilante justice” but concluded that Sobony is unlikely to re-offend. Schneider said he received lots of letters in support of Sobony before sentencing and people offered to pay Sobony’s legal bills.
The 38-year-old apologized in court for the December beating, which left the alleged supplier with skull fractures. Sobony says he was trying to protect his family.