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RAVENNA -- An Aurora man charged with assaulting a police officer during a May 2016 disturbance at an East Boulevard residence has pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge.
Brandon J. Bayless, 27, admitted recently to a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Retired Judge John Enlow, sitting in for Judge Laurie Pittman, accepted the plea negotiations between the Portage County prosecutor's office and the public defender's office.
The charge carries with it a potential prison sentence of two to eight years. Enlow ordered an expedited pre-sentence investigation.
Bayless, who was found competent to stand trial only after a seven-month stay in a behavioral healthcare facility late last year and early this year, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to hitting an Aurora police sergeant over the head with a tire iron during an incident on May 1, 2016.
Officers were called on that date to Bayless' East Boulevard home for a fight between Bayless and a juvenile neighbor. Upon their arrival, Bayless hit one of the officers in the head with the tire iron.
The officer Bayless hit fired a shot from his service weapon, which did not strike anyone. Another officer was bitten by a dog before Bayless was struck with a Taser device, subdued and arrested.
Bayless and the two officers were treated for their injuries at area hospitals.
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