71-year-old Akron man pleads guilty to power washer assault, sentenced to jail

AKRON, Ohio -  A 71-year-old Akron man has pleaded guilty to assaulting another man with a high-powered pressure washer.

Heatherly was cleaning his grill with the pressure washer on June 14, when his 69-year-old neighbor became upset because the grime from the grill was coming over the fence onto his house. The victim tried to get Heatherly's attention but was having difficulty because he is mute and deaf, so he sprayed his hose at Heatherly.

Heatherly responded by spraying his power washer at the victim, cutting his hands, arms, chin, neck and the area behind his ear.

The 71-year-old's wife called police and they found the victim slumped in his yard, bleeding profusely from his face, arms and hands.

Visiting Judge Richard Reinbold immediately sentenced Heatherly to six months in jail and one year of probation. Heatherly was ordered to have no contact with the victim and pay $43,000 in restitution to the victim.

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