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Husband of woman injured by rock thrown from overpass hopes for harsher sentence

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Sharon Budd and husband, Randy.

MASSILLON, Ohio– The man who pleaded guilty to throwing a rock off an overpass, injuring a Stark County teacher, is appealing his sentence.

Dylan Lahr and three others threw a rock from Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania in July 2014, prosecutors said. The rock hit the front windshield of Sharon Budd’s car, causing severe head injuries and resulting in seven surgeries.

Lahr pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, one count of vandalism and one count of criminal trespass, and was sentenced to 54 months to 24 years. He is now appealing, despite warnings from his attorney.

“You want to play Dylan? Your sentence was way too light! No more pleas from the Budd family,” Randy Budd posted on his Facebook page. “You took my wife, mother, and daughter. You are a coward! I’m looking forward to a heavier sentence!”

If Lahr’s appeal is granted, he could face a much longer sentence, according to PennLive.com.

Sharon Budd was a language arts teacher at Edison Middle School in the Perry Local School District in Massillon before the incident.

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