MEDINA — A felony vandalism charge that landed a 20-year-old Florida man in jail the same day he was acquitted on a rape charge was reduced Thursday to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.
Ivan L. Ray IV, of Freeport, Fla., was accused of breaking a window in his jail cell in November while awaiting trial on the rape charge. Vandalism normally is a misdemeanor but becomes a felony when someone damages a government building.
Ray’s vandalism charge, a fifth-degree felony, was reduced by a guilty plea to attempted vandalism, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler could put Ray in jail for six more months at Ray’s March 20 sentencing hearing on the vandalism charge.
Sheriff’s deputies reported Ray “used a bolt that he removed from a shelf in his cell to break the exterior window of his cell” on Nov. 8.
Ray is free on a personal recognizance bond, which Kimbler granted Thursday.
Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier found Ray not guilty in December of raping two teenage Wadsworth girls two years ago. The girls now are 17 and 19.
Ray had opted for a bench trial, meaning the judge would decide a verdict instead of a jury. The trial lasted three days and ended Nov. 20.
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