Domestic violence trial ends with guilty verdict

By Ashley Bunton - [email protected]

A jury trial ended with a guilty verdict for a man charged with domestic violence.

The case of 45-year-old Lance E. Tyree went to trial Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Tyree, a resident of Washington Court House, was indicted in May for domestic violence following an incident at the home of the mother of his two children.

The facts and evidence of the case were presented to the jurors during the trial. After hearing testimony from the victim and two law enforcement officers, the seven-woman and five-man jury spent an hour deliberating their verdict.

In the end all 12 jurors found Tyree guilty of domestic violence, a felony of the third degree because he had prior convictions of domestic violence, the most recent conviction in 2010.

Steven Beathard, Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge, punished Tyree with a three-year mandatory prison sentence, the maximum sentence that could be imposed by the state for the charge.

The victim stated during her testimony that Tyree choked her. She said she left the house, called police, and was driving around waiting for law enforcement to arrive when her house became engulfed in flames.

“That is a traumatic day by any stretch of the imagination,” said Jess Weade, Fayette County Prosecutor for the state of Ohio in the case.

By Ashley Bunton

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Reach Ashley on Twitter @ashbunton or at the Record-Herald at (740) 313-0355

Reach Ashley on Twitter @ashbunton or at the Record-Herald at (740) 313-0355