Crowbar attack co-defendant found guilty

Bellevue teen could get up to eight years in prison for felonious assault charge
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 26, 2013

 

A Huron County jury found a Bellevue teen guilty Tuesday of felonious assault, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in the April assault of a 19-year-old Dayton area man.

Connor Holbrook, 20, drove a friend, Tyler Smith, 19, to confront Smith's ex-girlfriend at a Willard area home on April 21, Huron County prosecutor Russ Leffler said.

During the visit, Smith attacked the girl's new boyfriend, Austin Thornton, 19, with a crowbar, bashing in his skull before fleeing the area with Holbrook and going to an apartment in Bellevue.

Thornton's girlfriend drove him to a Willard hospital and call 911 on the way. A Huron County deputy caught up with the vehicle they were in and escorted them, with lights and sirens, to Willard. Thornton was flown from there to a Toledo hospital for treatment.

Thornton survived the attack, but barely.

Earlier this month, Smith was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

Holbrook's trial took five days, and the jury spent about seven hours deliberating on the case, ultimately finding Holbrook guilty of some charges, but not for conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder or felonious assault with a deadly weapon.

Holbrook could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the felonious assault charge and an additional three years each for the obstruction and tampering charges.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge James Conway released Holbrook on his posted bond. He is to be sentenced Jan. 9.

"It's pretty bad stuff," Leffler said. "There's some bad feelings among law enforcement that the defendant is home eating Thanksgiving dinner and the victim's brain is sushi."

Comments

Clark W. Griswald

Crowbars up!

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the unsilent ma...

Hes gonna get violated

YoMamma

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

lifetimeresident

Why is he wearing that big winter coat. Was this picture taken outside.

ilkyp

After prison he'll enjoy another type of Crow Bar...

BA-ZING!

whattheBucks

He will give new meaning to being in the pokey !

EdO's

Leffler isn't the judge and jury and his comments should be tempered.

I think Holbrook had a lot less to do with the whole situation and ended up in the wrong place - wrong time.

"not for conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder or felonious assault with a deadly weapon."

This boy doesn't deserve this kind of sentence.

Erie Sniper

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sandtown resident

He should get life we need to get rid of this violence in america he went there for violence put him in a cell for life hang a nuce from ceiling if he wants to use it go ahead permanently ijuring someone should not be tolerated

Onemanforce

@lifetimeresident: it's not a coat, it's a "suicide watch" rip-proof gown. To prevent inmates from hanging themselves.

AJ Oliver

You peeps are the best argument around for not allowing anonymous posts on this or any other web site. Jason, where are you when we need ya ?

Stop It

Ya know what, AJ Oliver? You can put it where the sun don't shine. AND, since you are such a little girl about it, you have two options.

DGMutley

AJ,
I agree with Leffler on this one.

chelseaann

All your rude comments are not needed. If you truly knew Connor you would know he would never intentionally hurt someone. Connor is a close friend of mine and he dont deserve any of this. All he did was give Tyler a ride because Tyler did not have his license. So before you judge someone for being at the wrong place at the wrong time make sure you know all of the details.

Pioneer Trail Pimp

You and your boyfriend are going to have a lot in common while he's locked up. That may be tough to swallow but you'll survive. Him, maybe not.

chelseaann

And connor isnt my boyfriend. read the articles it clearly states his gurlfriends name. im not going to sit here and argue qith ignorant people. If u personally knew connor you would know thw type of person he is. young,caring, helpful, and would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. thats whats wrong with u people. to sit here and judge someone based off the internet. Pathetic.

DGMutley

chelseaann,
Hmm. Connor must have known something was up if we're taking a crowbar along. Ya think?

chelseaann

Hmmmm the crow bar was already in the back of the truck. Like i said know the details.

DGMutley

He certainly must have seen him take it out of the back of the truck and carry it in. ?

Jmschmidt812

He gave him a ride knowing that there was a high risk of violance. He also didn't go to police and tell them what happened immediately after the attack, nor did he try to stop the attack. So save your story about how much of a nice guy he is.

jager5

My heart goes to these young mens parents. As they continue to ask what they did wrong and blame themselves for this, they have to watch their children go thru this lesson in life. Knowing who the parents are, they did not raise their children to be like this but they to are being punished. Austin didn't deserve this either and I know they want justice too. Justice will be served in the end, but keep the parents feeling in mind when you are destroying their children.

formeremployee

I don't know Conner's parents all that well, but I know Smiths parents, both of them. And his actions are a direct result of his upbringing. He has NEVER been held accountable for his actions. The bail him out and put the blame elsewhere. In the past two years he has been convicted of stealing large sums of money from his former boss, drug paraphernalia was found in his truck on the high school property and he has been convicted of attempted murder. If they are asking themselves "where they went wrong" they should've been asking that a LONG time ago. I'd be curious to see what his juvenile record looks like, he's been trouble for a long time and is where he should be.

nosey rosey

Extremely sad that this criminal will be allowed to celebrate the holidays outside of jail. Making excuses for this sorry example of a human shows your true character.

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SanduskySlayer

Sounds like the Police are charging everyone and anyone with the crime to make Private Prison Companies richer. Accomplices are the easiest to charge, anyone they were with that day.

A Young Adult's...

Settle down with your conspiracy nonsense. This kid is part of the reason a 19 year old's brain is mush. He's not the direct reason, but it is 100% apparent he did nothing to help the poor kid.

Making excuses for the kid is dumb. He is an accomplice and should be charged as such. If anything, you're only as good as the crowd you associate yourself with.

A Young Adult's...

Settle down with your conspiracy nonsense. This kid is part of the reason a 19 year old's brain is mush. He's not the direct reason, but it is 100% apparent he did nothing to help the poor kid.

Making excuses for the kid is dumb. He is an accomplice and should be charged as such. If anything, you're only as good as the crowd you associate yourself with.

chelseaann

You know what screw what any of you have to about Connor. i know the true Conno and obviously you dont. i love u con keep ur head up bro u got this.