Ellsworth couple, charged with shooting disabled man with BB gun, sentenced

ELLSWORTH, Ohio (WKBN) – A judge sentenced an Ellsworth Township couple Thursday after they were charged in September 2013 with shooting a disabled man with a BB gun.

Judge Maureen Sweeney sentenced Michael Wymer, 36, to 30 months in prison and Heather Wymer, 31, to six months in jail plus five years of community control.

Investigators said the couple abused a relative, who suffers from mental health illnesses, shooting the 24-year-old with BB guns so close it embedded in his skin.

Prosecutors also said Heather and Michael refused to feed him at times and struck him other times.

“It appears he was deprived of food, deprived of care,” said assistant Mahoning County prosecutor Becky Doherty. “He was shot with a BB gun and he actually still has some of the BBs embedded under his skin.”

The couple was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury in September 2013 on charges of fourth-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.

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