August 22, 2014

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Man with ‘mental health issues’ gets probation

MEDINA — A Brunswick man who stabbed his mother in the arm with a butcher knife during an argument in November will spend three years on probation.

Joseph M. Lopilato, of the 1300 block of Cross Creek Drive, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in April. He pleaded to two counts of felonious assault, punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi had recommended two years in prison for the attack.

“(Lopilato’s mother) received a pretty serious wound to her arm that required medical treatment,” Razavi said. “Normally we’d ask for more prison time, but Mr. Lopilato has obvious mental health issues, so we’re tempering our recommendation to that.”

Lopilato’s attorney, Michael Callow, said his client has schizophrenia and other disorders.

Callow asked county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to put Lopilato on probation.

Kimbler accepted Callow’s recommendation, ordering the man to live with his brother for the duration of his probation. In addition, Kimbler barred Lopilato, 57, from seeing his mother without a family member present.

“If he screws up, he’s looking at three years in prison,” Kimbler said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.