MASON — One of two brothers from Pomeroy, Ohio accused of beating a man from Mason County, has pleaded guilty to felony unlawful assault in Mason County Circuit Court this week.
Jose F. Whitlach entered his plea in front of Judge David W. Nibert on Friday with Nibert scheduling Whitlach’s sentencing for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 2.
As reported earlier this year, according to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Whitlatch and his brother, Neal Bradley Bonecutter, also of Pomeroy, were charged with malicious wounding after an incident which allegedly took place at the old strip mines in northern Mason County.
The criminal complaint said Bonecutter was at the strip mines, commonly known as Red Lane in the Mason area. While in this location, Bonecutter’s vehicle became stuck and he walked to the roadway where he came into contact with Ryan Ohlinger, age and address unreported. The complaint says Bonecutter asked Ohlinger for assistance but during this discussion the two men started to argue.
Bonecutter eventually contacted his brother, Whitlach, for help with the vehicle and what the complaint describes as “subjects” Bonecutter was “having trouble” dealing with at the location. Once Whitlach arrived at the scene, the complaint says he grabbed an orange aluminum tee ball bat from his vehicle and started walking towards Bonecutter and these subjects. The complaint says Bonecutter and Ohlinger had another verbal dispute after Whitlach arrived. At some point during this dispute, the complaint alleges Whitlach swung the bat at Ohlinger, making contact with his head. Ohlinger fell to the ground and the complaint says Bonecutter allegedly struck Ohlinger in the head with his fists while he was injured.