MEDINA — A judge issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old Florida man who failed to show up Thursday for his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to breaking a window at the Medina County Jail.
It was the second hearing missed by Ivan Ray IV, of Freeport, who’s free on a personal recognizance bond after pleading guilty to misdemeanor attempted vandalism in February as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. The charge originally was a felony because Ray broke the window of a government building.
After county Common Pleas Judge James l. Kimbler issued the arrest warrant, attorney Kristopher Aupperle asked the judge to remove him as counsel in the case.
Ray’s vandalism charge stemmed from when he was in the jail awaiting trial on two counts of rape, of which he later was acquitted by county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier following a bench trial. According to county sheriff’s reports, Ray was accused of deliberately breaking the window in his jail cell with a bolt he removed from a shelf.
After being acquitted on the rape charges and released from jail, Ray was arrested on the vandalism charge two hours later. County Prosecutor Dean Holman and Ray’s attorney said the timing was coincidental.
At Ray’s sentencing hearing on the vandalism charge, he faced up to six months in jail.
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