Green Springs man found guilty of one charge, not guilty of another
A Green Springs man who had been accused of domestic violence and threatening to shoot anyone who would enter a house was found guilty of one charge and not guilty of another Wednesday.
A jury found Myles R. Morris, 41, guilty of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and not guilty of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The three-man, five-woman jury returned its verdicts after about 45 minutes of deliberations.
The jury trial was in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp’s courtroom.
After pronouncement of the verdicts, Repp sentenced Morris to 180 days in Seneca County Jail, with 90 days suspended, placed him on probation for three years and ordered him to pay a $150 fine.
Morris is prohibited from ingesting any alcoholic beverage and must wear an alcohol monitor for one year. He also must report to Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services for a behavioral/anger management assessment and complete any further counseling recommended by the agency.
Charles Hall, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said he wanted to help Morris.
“He’s spinning out of control,” he said.
Before sentencing, Morris apologized and said he was open to any sort of treatment.
The victim said she doesn’t feel safe in her own home, with her children at the babysitter and at work.
“The destruction that has been created by Myles’ alcoholism does not start here nor does it end here. … He is dangerous,” she said.
During the trial, Hall encouraged jurors to listen to evidence and use their judgment and common sense. He told jurors he wanted them to hear the truth from the witness stand.
“She never asked to be a victim,” he said.
Martin Koop, Morris’ attorney, said the couple met 12 years ago and started dating in February 2018.
Morris took the stand in his own defense Wednesday. He said he did not dump a sock basket on the woman and did not slam her down on the couch.
Morris he said she threw at least one dish at him.
“My recollection was she threw two. … I did not retaliate,” he said.
Deputies Mark Lawson and Christopher Potter of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office also testified Wednesday.
Separately, Morris also has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, all first-degree misdemeanors.