A convicted rapist has just added nine years to his sentence for beating his cellmate.
Clay Martin, 48, currently an inmate at Warren Correctional Institution, pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault and one count of owning a deadly weapon while under detention, both second degree felonies.
Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Adkins gave Martin a plea deal, which was accepted. Through the deal, two sentences totaling up to nine years will be added to his current sentence of 10 years to life from 2004 convictions of rape, kidnapping and felonious assault in Muskingum County.
After the hearing, Adkins told The Press Martin had been found with an improvised club made out of a runner from a metal filing cabinet with gauze wrapped around one end as a handle.
He used it to beat his cellmate multiple times. The victim survived but had 27 stitches in his head after multiple skull fractures.
Martin claimed he was stealing from him.
Also in Court Thursday:
• Andre Martin, a current inmate at Madison Correctional, declined a potential plea deal during his formal pretrial hearing, instead proceeding to holding a hearing to suppress certain statements he made from being used as evidence.
Should the hearing occur, Adkins said he would withdraw from any negotiations for a plea deal.
Martin is charged with assaulting his cellmate. Adkins said the two apparently had an argument and Martin struck the victim in the eye hard enough where it had to be removed.
Martin’s next hearing is set for June 6.
• Donovan Wilburn, 22, of Massillon, pleaded guilty to a first degree misdemeanor assault charge, which was reduced from the original fifth-degree felony through a plea agreement.
He was given six months probation, a $250 fine and a suspended jail sentence.
When he was in prison in 2012, he struck a correction officer, breaking his glasses.
• Jason Tucker, 40, of Springfield, attended his formal pre-trial hearing on a single count of possession of drugs. He was offered a plea deal.
Tucker was pulled over when the officer discovered marijuana debris in his car and after a search found crack cocaine in a Crown Royal bag.
• Jessica Fulton, 40 of Rochester, Ind., was given a chance for intervention in lieu of conviction for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She is scheduled for a screening on Monday.
• Latrell Grier, 24, of Toledo, was declined a plea deal for a third-degree felony assault charge.
According to Adkins, he allegedly attacked a corrections officer by punching him in the face. The officer fell to the ground and Grier continued to punch him in the back of the head.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.