A North Hill man was sentenced to six months in jail for using a power washer to attack his neighbor during a dispute last year between the elderly men.
Edwin J. Heatherly, 71, was sentenced after pleading guilty Wednesday to one count of felonious assault in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
He was also ordered to repay his Oakland Avenue neighbor $43,000 for his medical bills.
The attack June 14 by Heatherly left his longtime next-door neighbor Kenneth Grether with multiple cuts and a large scar along his jaw line.
The dispute started when Grether became upset that Heatherly was spraying dirty water on his plants while using the high-powered washer to clean an outdoor grill.
Grether is deaf and mute and had difficulty communicating his dissatisfaction, he said during an interview last year.
The men had lived next door to each other for about 33 years.
At first, Grether, 70, tried yelling and then used his own hose to get Heatherly’s attention, spraying water through the fence. Grether told police Heatherly retaliated by poking the pressure hose through a 5-foot wooden fence separating the two properties and unloading more water.
The water cut through Grether’s skin, causing serious injury to his hands, arms, chin, neck and the area behind his ear.