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Man who attacked boy loses appeal

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Dwayne Gore, 37, was sentenced to the maximum year and a half in prison after he pleaded guilty in May 2012 to a single charge of domestic violence.

He had been charged with two counts of domestic violence after Sandusky police said he attacked the boy and his mother on Feb. 28, 2012. Gore grabbed the boy’s legs and pulled him off of a couch, causing him to hit his head on a coffee table, according to court records. He then took the boy into a bedroom and slammed him so hard onto the mattress he caused the bed to break.

When the boy tried to swing at Gore, Gore grabbed his arm and twisted it, trying to break it, according to court records. When the boy’s mother intervened, Gore slammed her into several walls and threatened to kill her and her son.

The woman shielded her son from any further blows, placing him on the couch and lying on top of him. Gore finally left the house when the woman threatened to call police.

After he was charged with two felony counts of domestic violence, Gore agreed to plead guilty to one count if prosecutors would dismiss the second charge and recommend he get a year in prison.

But Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette gave him the max imum sentence of 18 months.

“Individuals like you do not belong living in a society that we want to live in, and that’s one free of any threats and harm to other individuals, more importantly, to children, a 3-year-old child,” Binette said during the sentencing hearing.

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