June 30, 2016

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Man gets four years in prison for attacking friend

MEDINA — A city man will spend four years in prison after a Tuesday felony conviction that he forced his way into a friend’s apartment and attacked him there.

Michael D. Basford, 27, begged the judge to give him probation because he worried he wouldn’t be able to see his 3-year-old daughter grow up.

“If you send me to prison, I’m going to miss my daughter’s first trip on the school bus,” he told the judge.

Michael D. Basford, right, was sentenced to four years in prison on a charge of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. He could have been sentenced to up to 11 years. Also pictured is his attorney, Nowar Katirji. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

“I’m sorry for the circumstances surrounding this case,” Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier said. “But what makes sense to me is a four-year prison sentence.”

Collier said he reached that decision because of Basford’s prior criminal history, including a burglary as a 15-year-old and several drug charges that landed him in prison before.

A jury found Basford guilty Tuesday of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

He was accused of attacking his friend, 24-year-old Brad Clements, because Clements owed him $200.

Jury selection in his case began Monday, with the trial phase beginning and ending with a conviction Tuesday.

Collier said county Prosecutor Dean Holman offered Basford a plea agreement, but he decided to take his chances at trial.

As a result, Collier said the minimum prison sentence was three years — which could have been less if Basford accepted a plea deal to a reduced charge.

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.