MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon Director of Law Rob Broeren announced that Dennis Avery
of Newark, Ohio was convicted on Friday, in the Mount Vernon
Municipal Court, of Child Endangering after a two-day jury trial.
charge arose out of an incident that occurred on April 28, 2015. Mr.
Avery picked up his 13-month old son by one arm and also shook the
Assistant Director of Law
Brittany Whitney tried the case to the jury. She presented testimony of
the investigating officer, Child Protective Services, the victim’s
family, and medical providers from Knox Community Hospital and
Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The jury deliberated for several hours
before returning the guilty verdict.
Judge John C. Thatcher ordered Mr.
Avery to serve 180 days in jail with 135 days suspended on the
following conditions: that the Defendant serve a term of probation for
two years, have no similar offense while on probation and complete a
Batterer’s Intervention Program.
The Court also assessed a fine. The
jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of Domestic Violence.
Avery was represented by Attorney Mark Minister.
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