AKRON, Ohio – An elderly man who assaulted and cut up his deaf and mute neighbor with a power washer will not be doing any jail time.
Edwin Heatherly, 71, of Akron, was originally sentenced to six months in jail for the assault that left his neighbor with serious cuts on his face, hands and arms.
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However, the jail would not take a violent offender, so Wednesday the judge sentenced Heatherly to six months house arrest with a monitor, prosecutors said.
He will also have to hand over his power washer.
Heatherly previously pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault for purposely spraying his neighbor with the power washer June 14.
The victim's niece spoke on his behalf in court today.
She said Heatherly has been harassing her uncle since 2000, and he now feels like a prisoner in his own home.
“He also has emotional and physical scars from this, and he no longer feels safe in his own home, in his own yard, and he asked me repeatedly, why did he do this to him? I said, 'I don’t know. I don’t know why he did this,'” the victim’s niece said.
Heatherly is not allowed to have any contact with his neighbor.