Jail jumper gets 7 years in prison

SANDUSKY The courtroom waited in silence as Timothy Thayer scribbled out three succinct sentences.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The courtroom waited in silence as Timothy Thayer scribbled out three succinct sentences.

“Seven years is too much. It was not meant to happen. Nobody was hurt.”

That was all 47-year-old Thayer had to say Thursday in Erie County Common Pleas Court before being sentenced to seven years in prison for a felonious assault charge. As Thayer sat in a wheelchair and unable to speak, his attorney read his statements aloud.

Thayer’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Sept. 13 but was put on hold when he attempted suicide by hurling himself headfirst over a second-floor walkway railing Aug. 28 at the Erie County Jail. He plummeted 13 feet to the concrete floor below, striking his head.

Thayer had been in intensive care at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo since then and was transferred Monday to Erie County Care Facility.

He will remain at the care facility with a sheriff’s deputy by his side at all hours until he is returned to jail custody, Judge Roger Binette ordered.

The assault charge stems from a January incident in which Thayer threatened to kill family members and himself with multiple weapons including a gun, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Thayer pleaded guilty a week before the suicide attempt and had talked to his attorney on the phone moments before about withdrawing his plea, jail officials said.

A motion to withdraw the plea and a motion for a competency evaluation were filed Wednesday by Thayer’s attorney, Chris Carroll.

Binette denied both, saying the requests had no factual basis. Thayer has been in the hospital for physical injuries, not mental issues, Binette said.

Older brother Paul Thayer, 49, told the judge his brother has a multitude of problems that led up to the January incident, including alcohol abuse, mental illness and spiritual conflicts.

He also expressed concerns about the threat Thayer poses to family, friends and neighbors.

“This situation has been a nightmare,” Paul Thayer said after the sentencing. “He shows no remorse for his actions. I only wish it could have been longer.”