A Mahoning County man faces two to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking another man's jaw during an assault in downtown Kent in 2012.
Colby J. Clayton, 22, of Poland, pleaded guilty April 19 to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Sentencing is pending an investigation.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said a Kent police officer was approaching the intersection of Haymaker Parkway and DePeyster Street at about 11:30 p.m. May 21, 2012, and observed a "large group of subjects yelling at each other, but not fighting" just north of the intersection.
A subject later identified as Clayton then approached the victim, Nathaniel R. Adler "from the side, and sucker-punched him in the face," and ran, Vigluicci said.
The officer stopped and detained Clayton. Medical treatment revealed that Adler's jaw was broken in two places, Vigluicci said. Adler incurred nearly $8,000 in medical bills, he said.
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