Family member after family member stood up and railed against Ronald A. Dority at his sentencing Friday, telling Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone that Dority must go to prison for the brutal kidnapping of his estranged wife.
The words carried weight with Tone, who sentenced the 44-year-old Bellevue man to 12 years in prison. He faced a maximum of 23 years behind bars.
Dority terrorized his now ex-wife Beth the night of June 16. He broke into her Herr Road home in Margaretta Township, where he found Beth in bed and choked her, according to police. He then dragged her to the garage, wrapped a chainsaw chain around her wrists, pushed her into a Chevrolet Suburban, then drove her around until he needed to stop for gas.
Two men rescued her when Dority stopped for gas. Investigators found a loaded shotgun in his vehicle and two knives. Dority said he drank four beers and snorted three lines of cocaine before going to Beth's home. Beth suffered cuts and bruises to her body. A family member said Friday during the sentencing that her face was so bruised and swollen after the incident he didn't even recognize her.
Dority was indicted for felonious assault, violation of a temporary protection order, attempted murder, kidnapping, having a weapon under disability, domestic violence and aggravated burglary.
In a plea deal arranged in February, Dority agreed to plead guilty to felonious assault, violating a temporary protection order and kidnapping.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges of attempted murder, having a weapon under disability, domestic violence and aggravated burglary.
Dority's daughter, Liz, spoke first during the sentencing. She recalled being at a softball game in Toledo and receiving a phone call in which she learned what her father had done to her mother on that infamous June night.
"Never ever in my worst nightmares did I imagine anyone was capable of such actions, especially my father," Liz Dority said. "He turned into a monster, someone I don't even know."
Liz pleaded with Tone to send her father to prison, saying "anything less would be an injustice."
Other family members talked about how the family had been tormented for years by physical and mental abuse inflicted by their father.
Beth said she relives the events of June 16 every night because she still sleeps in the bed where the attack began.
"Will I ever feel safe from him?" Beth asked. "Probably not."
Ronald Dority sobbed throughout the sentencing, frequently putting his head down on the table. Christopher Fiegl, Ronald Dority's attorney, said his client suffers from addiction and psychological problems and could become a productive member of society with rehabilitation.
Ronald Dority begged his family to forgive him.
"I pray in my heart they can forgive me for what happened on June 16," he said. "I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry."