April 16, 2014

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Man completes program, probation reduced

MEDINA — A 20-year-old York Township man who last year made threats on a bathroom wall at Medina High School has likely turned his life around, court officials said.

David M. Farley, of 4195 Abbeyville Road, graduated last week from the county’s drug court program — a series of weekly substance abuse support sessions that Farley attended for a full year.

Drug Court Administrator Christine Demlow said most people in the program don’t complete it but those who do rarely break the law again.

In order for Farley to complete the program, Demlow said he underwent random drug and alcohol testing, showed up to the weekly sessions and offered support to others in the program.

“He did violate a couple times,” she said, “but somewhere in there, David Farley got it. He got that he was an alcoholic, and he wanted to overcome it.”

For completing the program, Farley’s probation was cut short four years early.

Farley was convicted in November 2012 of vandalism, a fourth-degree felony, and inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He and then-18-year-old Cody W. Fascione were arrested April 23, 2012, and accused of writing “C.M.G.” and “Kill ‘em all” with the date “4/20” on a boy’s bathroom stall at the high school.

School officials said “C.M.G.” is short for “Cash Money Gangsta,” the name of a group of troublemaking high school and Claggett Middle School students.

The writing in the bathroom stall led to widespread panic for students and parents in Medina Schools. The high school was evacuated April 13, 2012, after a student reported the threatening message.

Farley and Fascione each were sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service by speaking to students about the dangers of threatening violence.

In December 2012, the community service portions of their sentences were rescinded after Farley violated probation by smoking marijuana.
Farley was placed in drug court as a result of his probation violation.

Fascione has not violated probation, according to court documents.

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