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Judge sentences Sebring man to one year for flashlight assault

YOUNGSTOWN — An Indiana Avenue, Sebring, man was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to hitting another man in the head with a flashlight.

Brian P. Tewksbury, 30, received his sentence on Wednesday from Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Tewksbury pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated assault — a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

Tewksbury went to the victim’s house on East Ohio Avenue in Sebring on April 21, resulting in Tewksbury and the victim being in the victim’s back yard in a fight, said Michael Rich, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor.

Tewksbury then smashed the victim in the head with a flashlight, Rich said.

Attorney Terry Grenga, who represented Tewksbury, said the “back story” was that there was an ongoing dispute between Tewksbury and the victim, and Tewksbury has a serious drug and alcohol problem. She said Tewksbury was “clean” on Wednesday.

Before sentencing, Tewksbury apologized to the victim, saying “I wish he was here so I could apologize to him.”

Krichbaum told Tewksbury he should have gone somewhere else instead of going to the victim’s house to “keep (their dispute) going.”

Tewksbury said the alcohol is the reason he went to the victim’s house.

“In the law, getting drunk is not an excuse for committing a crime if you did it yourself,” the judge said.

Rich told Krichbaum that prosecutors would “stand silent” on what sentence they thought Tewksbury should get.

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