June 29, 2016

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Man takes plea deal for crash

MEDINA — A Lafayette Township man was convicted of attempted abduction and aggravated vehicular assault after pleading no contest Friday to holding a woman against her will and causing a van she was in to crash into a telephone pole.

Shane P. Probert, 25, of 6339 Ryan Road, will be sentenced before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on March 25. He faces a maximum punishment of three years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.

Probert was indicted by a county grand jury on a kidnapping charge — a first-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

As part of a plea agreement, the kidnapping charge was reduced to attempted abduction, a fourth-degree felony.

According to police reports, Probert called 911 just after 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and told the dispatcher there was a bad accident.

He said he was angry with a girl because she wouldn’t leave him alone, so he put the van in reverse and it hit the pole, the dispatcher said.

When police arrived at 7114 Wooster Pike, Montville Township, they found downed power lines and the crashed van with Stefanie A. Sobocinski, 29, of Medina, still inside.

The report said Probert surrendered and told police they should take him to jail.

Firefighters arrived and pulled Sobocinski from the van. She was taken to Medina Hospital.

Police said Probert admitted he had consumed alcohol and marijuana that day.

Probert is being held at the Medina County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.