Ravennan brings sword to fight, gets probation

By Dave O'Brien | Staff writer Published:

A Ravenna man who brought a sword to a fight with a neighbor in May will serve time on probation and get mental health counseling instead of a prison term.

Wesley E. Newport, 36, of 203 S. Diamond St., recently was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow to three years probation after pleading guilty to fourth-degree felony aggravated assault on a neighbor with whom he was fighting.

Enlow ordered Newport to continue to receive counseling with Coleman Professional Services and submit to random drug tests. He also said Newport's probation requirements could be transferred to Illinois, where Newport plans to go after Thanksgiving to seek work, according to court records.

Newport faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison based on his guilty plea in August. He pleaded guilty to the lesser offense after being charged with felonious assault for assaulting 29-year-old John H. Arrington Jr. with a sword on May 21.

Ravenna police responded to a report of a fight and a man with a sword in the 600 block of West Main Street on that date. Newport and Arrington, who were residents of different apartments in the same building, got into a fight that left Newport with minor head and foot injuries.

Newport then retrieved a sword with a 17-inch blade from his apartment and went after Arrington, who was able to wrestle the sword away from Newport and was not injured, police said.

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