Medina man involved in downtown BG fight is sentenced

A Medina man who seriously injured another man downtown during a fight earlier this year has been sentenced to community control and house arrest.

Cade Pipoly, 23, appeared Monday in the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Molly Mack.

He pleaded guilty in October to the amended charge of attempted felonious assault, a third-degree felony.

Defense attorney Kati Tharp said her client had been antagonized by the victim. Alcohol was involved, she said.

“It is easy to see in the video where Cade went too far,” Tharp said.

Pipoly has admitted his guilt and is ready to pay restitution, she said.

“He was very embarrassed by his actions but he has realized he caused serious damage to a person that will affect how he lives his life,” Tharp said.

Continued employment would be unlikely if he was sent to jail, she said.

Pipoly has realized he needs to become an adult and it took this incident to show him, Tharp said.

Bowling Green police responded on March 5 to the 200 block of North Main Street, where they found the 19-year-old victim bleeding on the ground.

According to the Bowling Green Police Division report, the victim was in the alley between Howard’s Club H and Brathaus.

An ambulance took the man to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured orbital socket and broken nose.

Cameras caught some of the incident and showed the victim walking out of Brathaus at 2:05 a.m. with five other men. All of them walked into the alley when the victim threw a punch at the man he had been talking to. That man began to fight back, and they fell to the ground. At that time, another man began to kick the 19-year-old in the head. The victim was kicked several more times while still on the ground, according to the police report.

The other men can be seen walking away, according to the report.

The victim identified Pipoly through a photo array.

Wood County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lara Rump asked for a no contact order and restitution in the amount of $3,463 to pay for medical bills.

People make mistakes and he has learned from this incident, Pipoly said.

He said he was sorry “for everything I did for causing this.”

He asked for house arrest as his job was really important to him and his employer was willing to pay tuition for job training.

“The fight was exceptionally violent and very disturbing,” Mack said, and added the video showed strong provocation before the fight.

She sentenced Pipoly to three years community control and placed him under house arrest for 90 days with permission to go to work and school.

He must complete 100 hours of community service and pay restitution of $3,462 to the victim.

A jury in October found co-defendant Julian Kawan Scott, 21, Medina, not guilty of felonious assault.