July 26, 2014

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Racial slurs about child, father sparked assault, attorney says

MEDINA — A November assault that landed a Medina man in prison for 1½ years on Thursday may have been spurred by racial slurs the victim made about the man and his child.

“I’m not condoning this kind of language,” Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said at Primus Vaughn’s Thursday sentencing hearing. “Anyone who says things like that is, frankly, stupid.

“But, assuming this is true, that does not make this violence OK.”

Primus Vaughn is taken into custody by Medina County sheriff’s deputies Thursday after a judge sentenced him to 1½ years in prison for a November assault. Attorney Bob Campbell, right, said his client was provoked by racial slurs spoken by the victim, who is the grandfather of Vaughn’s child. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Primus Vaughn is taken into custody by Medina County sheriff’s deputies Thursday after a judge sentenced him to 1½ years in prison for a November assault. Attorney Bob Campbell, right, said his client was provoked by racial slurs spoken by the victim, who is the grandfather of Vaughn’s child. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Vaughn, 38, of the 400 block of Bronson Street, pleaded guilty in March to attempted felonious assault as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that reduced the severity of his charge. He faced up to three years in prison.

Medina attorney Bob Campbell said his client, who is black, attacked his child’s 45-year-old white grandfather after the man made racist comments over a prolonged period.

“This was a very toxic relationship between these people,” Campbell said. “There are only so many times a man can hear language like that before he reacts this way.”

According to police reports, Vaughn had a child with the victim’s 24-year-old daughter. The couple and their child were staying at the victim’s house on Branch Road in November. The grandfather was drinking heavily and got into an argument with the couple, reports said, and then tried to kick them out.

Vaughn said the man provoked him with a racial slur and he responded by attacking the man.

In court Thursday, the grandfather said he was unconscious for eight days with severe skull fractures and has lost hearing in one of his ears as a result of the attack.

The man’s daughter told police that Vaughn has “anger issues,” according to reports. He’s been in Medina Municipal Court on domestic violence charges twice since 2005.

Vaughn told the judge Thursday that he was sorry for what happened.

“I would like to apologize for the situation I caused,” Vaughn said. “There’s no excuse for harming someone the way I did.”

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