Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Second teenager is sentenced in Ohio beating

Hamilton, Ohio - The Oxford Press reports that a Hamilton teenager has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for his part in the beating of 19-year-old Ashley Clark, who is developmentally disabled, in February.

Joseph Nagle, 17, of Progress Lane, pleaded guilty in July to aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, complicity to aggravated robbery, felonious assault, two counts of kidnapping and vandalism for assaulting Ashley Clark, 19, all day Feb. 22. Nagle faced a total of 59 years in prison.

Last month, Nagle's girlfriend and codefendant, Cheyenne Blanton, 17, was sentenced by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Nastoff to 44 years in prison for the same charges.

As reported in an earlier FRIDA post, Nagle and Blanton were accused of binding, gagging and beating Ashley Clark, sometimes with a baseball bat, for at least six hours at her home. The abuse included shaving her head, dousing her in a cold shower, and forcing her to walk barefoot in the snow. Her pleas to her assailants not to strike her in the head because she had had brain surgery went unheeded, she told the police. The couple, who have a baby together, also plotted to steal the car belonging to Ashley Clark's mother, Sheila Clark.