July 23, 2016

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Parolee gets prison for knife attack

MEDINA — A 28-year-old Medina parolee will spend four years in prison for attacking a West Salem man with a knife in October.

Brandon M. Parker, of 766 Lafayette Road, Apt. B., pleaded guilty last month to charges of aggravated robbery and attempted kidnapping, second-degree felonies. Parker pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors to reduce the charges from first-degree felonies. He faced eight or more years in prison on the reduced charges.

On Thursday, Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said Parker told probation officers that he and an accomplice lured 39-year-old Gary Davis into an apartment and beat him and held a knife to his throat.

Brandon Parker

Brandon Parker

Parker told probation officers that he attacked Davis, who’s also known under the alias Christian Millers, to protect his younger brother from getting involved with drugs with which Davis was involved.

Davis is serving time in the Wayne County Jail on charges of theft, falsification and misuse of credit cards.

Parker had been released from the Lorain Correctional Institution in July 2012, where he served six years on charges of burglary from Medina County. His parole was set to end in 2015.

Parker’s attorney, Michael Callow, said it is unclear whether his client would face a parole violation because of the latest charges. If he is found to be a parole violator, Kimbler said Parker could get another three years tacked on to his prison sentence.Callow said Parker’s deal with prosecutors stopped his client from receiving the maximum prison sentence. He asked the judge to give Parker three years.

“The injury in this case was serious,” Callow said, “but not so serious if you consider what could have happened.”

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi had asked the judge to send Parker to prison for four years.

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.