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Shooter sentenced to 7 years

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for incidents last year, in which he fired shots at a vehicle downtown and also assaulted a child.

Jarrett McDaniel, 27, of Ashburn Drive, was transferred to the Lorain Correctional Institution on Tuesday.

On May 17, McDaniel fired three shots at a man and woman as they drove away from a Columbus Avenue bar. One bullet grazed the driver’s side door. The two victims had just parted ways with a group of friends, one of which was the mother of McDaniel’s children.

After McDaniel was released three weeks later on bond, he promptly began assaulting a 3-year-old boy. He punched the child’s chest, picked him up by his ears and bit his buttocks, Sandusky police said.

For the shooting, Sandusky police charged McDaniel with attempted murder, felonious assault and weapons violations. For assaulting the child, prosecutors leveled charges of felonious child endangering and domestic violence, according to court records.

A grand jury later indicted McDaniel on only some of those charges, and in an early January deal, he pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, having a weapon under disability, discharging a firearm near a prohibited premises and an amended misdemeanor child endangering charge.

He was sentenced to seven years and shipped off to Lorain, but a clerical error on court documents forced Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette to hold a second sentencing hearing Monday.

On McDaniel’s paperwork, one of his weapons charges was listed as a fifth-degree felony, but it should have been a thirddegree felony, a judicial administrator said.

The Bureau of Sentencing Computation caught the error and ordered another hearing. McDaniel’s sentence remained the same.

He received four years for each of his charges, with each sentence running simultaneously. An additional three years were added for a weapons specification.

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