The Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld the decision of Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette to accept a guilty plea in the case of a man who jumped from a railing at the county jail.
Timothy Thayer appealed the case, arguing his guilty plea for felonious assault should not have been accepted because of a head injury he suffered after jumping, according to the appeal.
Thayer entered the plea on Aug. 22, 2007, in exchange for a plea agreement that would drop charges of having a weapon while under disability, attempted murder and abduction. Part of the agreement was a recommendation for a seven-year prison sentence.
When he entered the plea, defense counsel said Thayer was “fully comprehensive” of the consequences of the plea. In the courtroom Thayer seemed uncertain, and Binette explained his options, according to court records.