|Man sentenced to prison for striking bicyclist on campus, fleeing scene|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:55|
Jerry L. Eschedor Jr., 44, of Bowling Green, was immediately taken into custody following court proceedings on Friday.
He previously pleaded no contest to a third-degree felony of aggravated vehicular assault; failure to stop after a non-public road accident, a fifth-degree felony; and operating a vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He also previously pleaded to illegal use of a minor in a sexually oriented material or performance in regard to a photo of a nude 16-year-old male found on Eschedor's cell phone during the investigation of the hit-skip accident. That charge is also a fifth-degree felony.
The parents of both victims gave impact statements as to the damage done to their sons.
In the Aug. 26 hit-skip accident, Eschedor was reportedly so intoxicated he was not aware he had struck anyone.
In his sentencing the judge did not follow the prosecution's recommendation of two years in prison and spoke at length to Eschedor.
"You caused severe injuries after hitting (the victim). You backed up and pulled forward again dragging him along the pavement and by scorching him with the exhaust of your vehicle until he passed out from the pain," Mayberry said. "You left him lying there when you went to get another drink. You didn't even do the decent thing and call 9-1-1, even anonymously."
Refusing to call it an accident, the judge said his actions showed a "lack of care and common human decency." He said Eschedor continued denying his actions even after blood, hair and human tissue was found under his vehicle.
Mayberry said the 19-year-old student's injuries included a lacerated liver and serious burns.
Mayberry, talking about the nude photo, said Eschedor was not remorseful and that, instead of accepting responsibility, he tried to justify his actions, claiming that 16 is the legal age of consent.
The judge questioned what a 43-year-old man would be doing with a 16-year-old, referencing the defendant's and victim's ages at the time.
"This is not the first time, it is just the first time he has been caught. He actively got my son addicted to drugs," the boy's mother said. "He destroyed our family and hurt our son to the maximum."
The judge said to Eschedor, "Your punishment is just a tip of the iceberg compared to what you caused for that family and friends. Your victims will suffer the consequences of your actions long after your term of prison and community control."
In addition to four years in prison, the judge ordered 180 days for both the OVI and the illegal use counts. The sentences are concurrent. Eschedor's driver's license will be suspended for six years and he must pay a $375 fine.
A restitution hearing will be held later in regard to medical bills and other costs involved for the victims.
Following his release he will be subject to five years of community control sanctions including treatment for chemical dependence, mental health counseling, and sexual offender treatment. He was also ordered to consume no alcohol and join a 12-step program, serve 100 hours of community service and have no contact with the victims or their families.
The judge also reserved an additional one year in prison for the illegal use of a minor charge should Eschedor violate his sanctions.
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