Belmont County Man Accused of Rape Enters Plea

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As a rape trial was about to wrap up in Belmont County, the man on trial suddenly entered a plea.

However, 61-year-old Jay Greenwood did not plead guilty to the two charges of rape which both carried possible life sentences, but instead, to two counts of a lesser offense: sexual battery.

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Last week, Greenwood was reportedly ill and couldn’t make it to court.

So it was rescheduled for Tuesday morning with one cross examination then closing arguments.

But suddenly Greenwood entered a plea.

The sexual battery charges carry a maximum of five years each.

The prosecutor says that’s still significant with this 61-year-old defendant, and he’ll push for the full ten years.

“And in Ohio, there’s minimal “good time” credit given anymore. So if someone, for instance, gets ten years, they serve ten years,” said Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry.

Fry says this plea gives the victims closure on a nightmare that goes back 20 years.

“This was all done with the victims’ consent and approval. They want to move on with their lives. I understand that. It removes the uncertainty of a jury verdict and so, when all is said and done, we believe it was a good outcome,” said Fry.

Sentencing is set for Thursday morning.

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