Despite pleas not to be sent to prison, judge sentences Ferguson to 7 years


The pleas of a Jefferson County, OH man, who led law enforcement on a high speed chase through three states, not to be sent to prison fell on deaf ears Wednesday as a judge sentenced him to pay for his crimes. 

Jason Ferguson was sentenced to seven years behind bars, despite desperately pleading with Judge Bruzzese not to send him to the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He argued that a prison sentenced for him, at the age of 44, would be a death sentence further explaining that his mother would be dead by the time he was released.

Ferguson claims it was the pain medications and the recent death of his father that caused his mental breakdown that day back in November when he led authorities on a high speed chase, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. 

The chase started in Toronto, OH, continued into Steubenville, OH, Weirton, WV, and across the state line into Pennsylvania before ending back in Steubenville. 

“I think the defendant has a blatant disregard for the judicial system,” said prosecutor Edward Littlejohn, Jr. “I think the defendant has a blatant disregard for the value of other lives because he continually puts other drivers safety in jeopardy.”

Judge Bruzzese added “the fact that nobody is dead is blind, dumb luck.”

Ferguson pleaded guilty to probation violation and failure to comply with the order of a police officer. Now he must serve his time and can never own or touch a firearm for the rest of his life.

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