April 25, 2014

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Alleged victim of guard beating gets probation in robbery case

ELYRIA — A Lorain County Jail inmate allegedly beaten by a corrections officer last year was sentenced Monday to three years of probation in an unrelated robbery case.

Jordan Sand, 19, also was ordered to repay the Marathon Gas Station on West River Road $3,000 by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski. Sand has been incarcerated since October in connection with the case.

Sand pleaded guilty in March to aggravated robbery in the Oct. 13 incident in which a man walked into the gas station wearing a ski mask, pulled a knife and handed the store clerk a note demanding money.

Anthony Baker, Sand’s attorney, said the fact that his client avoided a prison sentence in the case largely has to do with the circumstantial evidence in the case. Although police said Sand was the robber, Baker said he isn’t so sure.

He said the robber was wearing a mask and left no fingerprints behind. Baker also said his review of the evidence suggests to him that Sand was too short to have been the robber.

But a plea deal and probation was the best choice for his client, Baker said.

“He would not last in prison, that’s the bottom line,” he said.

Sand was serving out a juvenile sentence when he got into a disagreement with former Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer Marlon Taylor while the guard was distributing medication July 29.

Sand refused to take his antidepressant medication and Taylor told Sand he was taking him to “the hole.” A security video later shows Taylor lunging at Sand and repeatedly striking the inmate, who didn’t fight back.

Taylor was fired and initially charged with misdemeanor assault in Elyria Municipal Court. That charge was later dropped and the case was taken by federal prosecutors, but that investigation is pending.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.