August 31, 2015

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Man sentenced to 4 years for failing to seek help for wife

ELYRIA – John Biszantz was sentenced to four years in prison today after taking a plea deal in the March 15 death of his wife.

Erin Biszantz was injured after leaping from the SUV her husband was driving. He took her to the couple’s Columbia Township home, where she died from her injuries about 2½ hours later.

John Biszantz didn’t call for help and prevented his 12-year-old daughter from doing so, even stopping her when she tried to leave the house to call for help, according to prosecutors.

Biszantz had been scheduled to go on trial today and had been facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count each of reckless homicide, domestic violence, tampering with evidence, disrupting public service and unlawful restraint.

Prosecutors dropped the more serious of the two involuntary manslaughter charges in exchange for the plea.

Erin Biszantz’s sisters and father urged Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Ewers to impose a harsh prison sentence on John Biszantz, but before he imposed the sentence, Ewers noted that both John and Erin Biszantz had a history of domestic violence.

The family said they were disappointed in the sentence after the hearing.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Chronicle.


About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.