Columbiana County coroner pleads to assault

Dr. George S. Wilson, county coroner, appeared in county Municipal Court on Wednesday morning with his defense attorney Christopher Amato. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — Dr. George Scott Wilson, county coroner, pleaded no contest to assault in county Municipal Court Wednesday morning for an incident that left his girlfriend with a black eye in December. He was fined $1,000 but will do no further jail time provided he is not charged in any similar incidents in the future.

Wilson, 50, Stone Castle Trail, Salem, apologized to Kelli Winter after offering the plea to the charge, which was amended from a domestic violence. Both are first-degree misdemeanors.

Winter told Judge David Stucki she had lived at the Jennings Avenue, Salem, home with Wilson for about two years, when they had an argument in December and he hit her. They were not married and had no children together. Police reports from the time of the incident indicated both were heavily intoxicated.

According to the Prosecutor Jeffrey Jakmides, Winter did not want Wilson to serve additional jail time and she did not want a no contact order added to his sentence.

Jakmides and Stucki, both of whom were appointed due to Wilson’s position as a public elected official, commended him on taking actions to address the underlying issues that led to the events overnight on Dec. 21 into the early morning hours of Dec. 22.

“It sounds like to your credit you have been involved in substantial efforts to remediating the issues that led to the events to that night and that’s to your credit,” Stucki said. “That is to your credit and that is unusual, actually in a good way compared to the bulk of defendants that come before the court for similar offenses.”

Additionally, Stucki said he was going to challenge him to remain diligent in those efforts.

Stucki sentenced Wilson to 180 days in jail with credit for one day served and 179 days suspended with a warning that if he appears in court and is found guilty of any similar charges “you will start off with 179 days that you already owe me.”


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