MANSFIELD — Authorities asked a judge Monday to send a message to a city man who threatened a sheriff’s detective.
Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese followed by sentencing Byron Yambrisak, 42, of Vennum Avenue, to three years in prison for retaliation. DeWeese gave Yambrisak three years probation on a second charge of intimidation.
Yambrisak was convicted on both counts Friday after a two-day trial. The jury deliberated less than two hours.
On July 15, Yambrisak drove past sheriff’s Detective Pat Smith in the parking lot at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital and threatened her. Smith had arrested Yambrisak in a municipal court case that was later dismissed.
“That is not acceptable,” DeWeese said. “You threatened a sheriff’s (detective) for doing her job.”
Yambrisak used racial slurs in threatening Smith.
“You show absolutely no remorse for this offense,” DeWeese said. “A person without remorse is not about to change their behavior. That’s what makes you more dangerous.”
Yambrisak briefly addressed the court, saying he was sorry for the incident. Attorneys debated if Yambrisak should go to prison.
“The defendant is entitled to a term of probation,” defense attorney Paul Cushion said. “Verbiage isn’t sufficient to send someone to prison.”
Assistant Prosecutor Chris Tunnell lobbied for the maximum sentence, which would have been six years. He said Yambrisak had a previous conviction for intimidation in Indiana, plus a pending violation of a civil protection order involving a prostitute he had dated.
“That woman is afraid of this defendant,” Tunnell said.
According to Tunnell, Smith, who was present but did not address the court, had “deep concern” about Yambrisak.
“He has a history of harassing conduct,” the assistant prosecutor said. “Most troubling to the state is the victim is a police officer. If this defendant threatens a police officer, what won’t he do?”
Sheriff Steve Sheldon spoke on Smith’s behalf. He said his employees need to be able to do their jobs without fear of threats.
“Send a message to the citizens that these reprisals will not be tolerated,” Sheldon told DeWeese.
After the sentencing, Cushion expressed concern about his client’s safety at the county jail because of the nature of his offense.
Sheldon assured the court Yambrisak would be fine, and asked that he be transferred from the jail as quickly as possible.