A former Kent man with convictions for robbery and domestic violence in Portage County was sentenced Thursday in Cuyahoga County to 12 years in prison for assaulting four people in a bar brawl in Cleveland in July 2012 that blinded a woman in one eye and left an off-duty police officer with a broken jaw.
Marco L. Correa, 27, formerly of Franklin Avenue, was sentenced by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan after pleading guilty in February to three counts of felonious assault, all second-degree felonies, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. His brother, Fred Correa, 24, received an identical sentence on the same charges.
Five other suspects, ranging in age from 22 to 29, pleaded guilty to other charges including attempted felonious assault, attempted obstruction of justice, and rioting. They received sentences ranging from six months in jail to probation, time served and fines, according to media reports.
Marco and Fred Correa and four other people were asked to leave Charlie's Place bar on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland at closing time on July 22, 2012, according to police and media reports of the incident. As a 44-year-old female employee escorted them to the door, Marco Correa attacked her and knocked her to the ground, where the other suspects joined in kicking her.
An off-duty police officer saw the assault and came to her aid, but was struck, knocked down and stomped and kicked, suffering a broken jaw in the process, according to media reports.
Two other men called 911 and attempted the help the victims, but were also knocked out and kicked while on the ground. All three suffered facial fractures, and two required surgery, according to WOIO-TV Channel 19. The female victim had to have one of her eyes surgically removed due to the assault, according to media reports.
Marco Correa fled after the assault, but was arrested in Newton Falls on Aug. 14, 2012 by the U.S. Marshal's Service and Trumbull County sheriff's deputies on a Cleveland Police Department warrant.
Marco Correa's criminal record in Portage County includes two April 2007 convictions on charges of robbery and domestic violence, both third-degree felonies. Correa attempting to take a gun from a Kent police officer by force and assaulted a female family member in Kent in February 2007, according to Portage County court records. He served two years in prison on those charges.