Man admits being involved in altercation

A Bellevue man admitted Tuesday he was involved in an altercation with a bicyclist in Flat Rock in July.

Gary J. Mayer, 55, had been charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and his son, Adam D. Mayer, 30, had been charged with complicity to felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Gary Mayer pleaded guilty to a lesser-included offense of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Tuesday.

The case is being referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

The joint recommendation is he serve a three-year term of community control, spend 30 days in Seneca County Jail with credit for four days served, undergo random drug and alcohol urinalysis, complete any substance abuse and/or mental health assessment as directed by Adult Parole Authority and pay $150 in restitution.

Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office is to seek dismissal of the case against Adam Mayer when Gary Mayer is sentenced.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office had received a report about an altercation on East CR 34. Lee Springer reported he was riding his bicycle on CR 29, and a truck came up behind him.

Springer reported the truck’s occupants yelled racial slurs at him and told him to go back to Mexico, according to a search warrant filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

He said the vehicle turned sharply, cut him off and forced him into the ditch, it states.

Springer reported the vehicle sped to him and stopped less than 1 foot from him, it states.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Steve Callejas, the Mayers’ attorney, said the men were traveling home from work, stopped to have some refreshments and passed Springer, who was riding a bicycle. They thought they were going around him without any problem, Springer took exception to how he was passed, and hand gestures were exchanged, he said.

There was never any physical contact between any of them, he said.

Angela Boes, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said the victim always had been amenable in resolving the case without having to proceed to trial, and the office believed it was a fair resolution.

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