Man gets a year in prison for assaulting an EMT

James Brorman appeared for sentencing by video conference from the county jail at a hearing in Common Pleas Court Friday before Judge Megan Bickerton, with Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech (standing right), defense attorney Paul Conn (seated in foreground), bailiff Linda Hill (back) and court reporter Rikki Torella (in front of Bickerton). (Photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — James Ray Brorman, the man who assaulted the EMT who came to help him after he inhaled gasoline fumes, was sentenced to a year in prison during a hearing Friday by video conferencing at Common Pleas Court in light of the new court rules to distance people.

Brorman, 37, North Market Street, Lisbon, harmed EMT Zachary Lawrence of North Star Critical Care on June 15 when they responded to help him. In December, Brorman had pleaded guilty to assault, abusing harmful intoxicants and resisting arrest. A domestic violence charge was dismissed as part of felony plea agreement.

Brorman already has credit for 279 days served in jail. He asked Judge Megan Bickerton not to send him to the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for help.

“I’m not into drugs,” Brorman said. “The EOCC would be a waste on me. I’m sorry for being here.”

Brorman’s defense attorney, Paul Conn, said Brorman had expressed remorse for what happened to the EMT. In addition to substance abuse issues, Conn said Brorman suffers from mental health problems, which include bipolar, depression and anxiety.

During the hearing, it was noted the decision to dismiss the domestic violence charge was due to the person Brorman had harmed, Sherry Jennings, letting the court know that the reason she had called authorities was to get Brorman some help, not to try to get him charged.

Bickerton noted Brorman has a very lengthy record and has failed to successfully complete community control in the past. She agreed to the one-year term for Brorman, which was being recommended by Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech.

Brorman’s hearing was one of the few actually held at the court of Friday, where many hearings have become telephone calls between the parties leading to the rescheduling of status conferences for dates down the road after the coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions hopefully have been lifted.



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