A Belmont County man has received the maximum sentence after pleading guilty to sexual battery of three young girls.
61-year-old Jay Greenwood was sentenced Thursday to a decade behind bars.
Greenwood pleaded guilty two days ago to two counts of sexual battery.
Judge Frank Fregiato said he finds it distasteful that Greenwood entered the plea only after putting his three victims, who were little girls at the time of the offenses, through the pain of a trial.
“They were helpless distressed victims. The pleas came only after you instead apparently committed perjury in this courtroom late Thursday afternoon. The pleas came only after you apparently attempted suicide last Friday morning to get out of cross examination,” said Judge Fregiato.
Last Friday, Greenwood‘s trial was stopped suddenly for several days. Authorities would say only that he was “ill” and that the trial would resume Tuesday.
As it turns out, Greenwood and his wife had been found in their car, in their garage, having apparently attempted suicide.
Several days later, he pleaded to the two lesser charges of Sexual Battery.
He was originally charged with two rape counts, which could have carried two life sentences.