June 30, 2016

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Sex offender denied request to care for his ailing brother

MEDINA — A judge denied a 62-year-old convicted sex offender’s request Friday to get out of jail early so he could care for his brother, who has terminal cancer.

Wayne Mackenzie, of Brunswick’s 4300 block of Fieldstone Court, was sentenced in March to six months in jail as part of a deal with prosecutors that required him to plead guilty to having child pornography on his home computer.

Brunswick officials said Mackenzie shouldn’t be released because Brunswick city law prohibits sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares and public pools. The Fieldstone Court home, where his brother lives, stands about 500 feet from Little Bears Child Care Center on Pearl Road.

Mackenzie was convicted of three felony counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. In addition to jail time, he is not to have contact with minors and is required to register as a Tier II sex offender every six months for 25 years.

His attorney, Mark Gusley, filed a motion in Medina County Common Pleas Court last month asking Judge James L. Kimbler to modify Mackenzie’s sentence so he could serve it on house arrest. That way, Gusley said his client could care for his brother while serving his sentence.

Reporter Loren Genson contributed to this report.
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.