December 22, 2014

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Brian Jury sentenced to 36 years for rape of Lorain woman

Brian Jury, of Bellevue, appears in Lorain Municipal Court during a hearing in November. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Brian Jury, of Bellevue, appears in Lorain Municipal Court during a hearing in November. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SANDUSKY — Brian Jury was leading a double life, Erie County Judge Roger Binette said Monday before sentencing the 39-year-old convicted rapist to more than three decades in prison.

Jury, 39, received the maximum 36 years in prison as a result of a November incident in which a Lorain woman was found bound, naked and lying by the side of the road outside Jury’s Groton Township home in Erie County.

The woman told police Jury abducted her from Lorain and raped her in his home in Erie County. Jury then drove away, leaving her naked and bound in his trailer on Strecker Road.

She was able push her way out of his trailer and roll herself to the road, where she was found by a passing motorist, she told police.

Jury had argued his innocence, saying during his June trial that the sex was consensual, but a jury found him guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of abduction and one count of felonious assault.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t remember that nightmare,” the woman wrote in a statement read in court on Monday. “You, me and the man upstairs know you were going to take my life that day.”

Jury acknowledged putting himself in a “bad situation” that day, but told Binette that he’d been attending church weekly since he was charged.

“I’ve lost pretty much everything that I’ve worked hard for all my life,” Jury said.

His close friend, Marta DeLeon, told the judge she continues to support Jury, calling him a “father figure” to her four sons.

“He’s always been a really good person. That person you’re trying to portray him to be, that’s not him,” she said.

Binette, however, pointed out that Jury was dishonorably discharged from the military in 2000, he’d had an incident in 2011 when Jury’s neighbor accused him of assault and that he had paid for sex on multiple occasions.

“You are two different people — one to your friends and family and one to your secret lifestyle,” Binette said.

Binette called the November incident “planned out,” and said Jury didn’t show any remorse.

“This court believes, had you gotten away with this, there would have been more victims,” Binette said, adding that the Lorain woman could have faced a worse fate had she not escaped.

“I don’t believe you were going to leave her there. She probably was right. She wasn’t going to live.”

Along with the 36-year prison sentence — the maximum sentence for the charges — Binette ordered Jury to pay a $15,000 fine and reminded him of the suffering he caused the Lorain woman.

“You probably have placed her in a prison of her mind and emotions for the rest of her life for what you did,” he said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.