WILMINGTON — A man was sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of felony 2 felonious assault and felony 3 domestic violence — which was merged with the assault charge.
He was found not guilty of rape.
Jason Evick, of Clermont County — who went through six lawyers during his case — was sentenced in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas by Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck for the abduction and beating of Jennifer Snyder.
Evick, appearing via video conference from the Clinton County Jail, was given 735 days of credited jail time. However, Rudduck recommended a consecutively imposed eight-year term as necessary. This is to be served alongside a seven-year sentence imposed from Clermont County for the same incident.
Before sentencing, the respective lawyers and Jennifer Snyder, the victim, spoke before the judge about what they feel the proper sentencing should be.
Katie Wilkin of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office described Evick’s lengthy violent history dating back to 1995. Wilkin said that he had 23 violent offenses on his record and pointed out his first one was when he was charged with assaulting a 16-year-old male, adding there was an element of ethnic intimidation since the victim was African-American.
“This isn’t if he will re-offend, it’s when …,” said Wilkin. “This is not someone who is remorseful,. This is someone who is mad they got caught and now they’re being held responsible.
She also highlighted the extent of Snyder’s injuries, both physically and mentally. The physical injuries included an injured arm and a broken tailbone.
Snyder spoke before the court addressed Evick, saying that this was the next step in her healing.
“I can still feel what was done to me … Each day I endure the full gambit of trauma symptoms,” said Snyder, who called Evick a serial abuser and narcissist. “You did not defeat me, and you no longer have control.
“I’m no longer a victim, I am a survivor.”
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