October 31, 2014

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Jailed sex offender allowed to attend brother’s funeral

MEDINA — A 62-year-old convicted sex offender whose request for early release from jail was denied was given a furlough from jail to attend his brother’s funeral.

Wayne Mackenzie

Wayne Mackenzie

Wayne Mackenzie, of Brunswick’s 4300 block of Fieldstone Court, asked in April to be put on house arrest instead of jail so he could care for his brother, who had terminal cancer.

Prosecutors and Brunswick city officials opposed the early release of Mackenzie, who was sentenced in March to six months in jail after pleading guilty to having child pornography on his home computer.

Brunswick officials said Mackenzie shouldn’t be released because 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 lived, stands about 500 feet from Little Bears Child Care Center on Pearl Road.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler rejected the request Friday — five days after Mackenzie’s brother, Harvey Mackenzie, died, on May 12.