Ed Meyer

A Cuyahoga Falls man was given a four-year suspended prison sentence and two years of probation after pleading guilty to felonious assault in an incident last fall outside the Lux Nightclub and Ultra Lounge in downtown Akron.

Joseph R. Glover, 37, was scheduled to stand trial Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court before Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands, but the case was resolved with his plea to a second-degree felony.

Under state sentencing guidelines, such a charge carries a potential sentence of two to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors had asked Rowlands for a six-year prison term, but the victim, Christopher Burgess, addressed the court and said he would go along with what the judge decided to do. He also said his belligerent conduct contributed to what happened that night.

The club’s security cameras recorded the Nov. 8 incident, prosecutors said, and showed bouncers physically removing Burgess from the club when he became unruly after drinking. He was taken out to the sidewalk by his belt buckle and passed out near the curb off West Exchange Street.

As Burgess slowly got up after being roused by a bouncer, a crowd began to form. Prosecutors said Glover emerged from the crowd and punched Burgess from behind, knocking him unconscious and breaking the right side of his jaw.

Prosecutors said Burgess apparently suffered a second facial fracture from striking the pavement.

Police arrested Glover on Nov. 27, and he remained in custody at the county jail, having served more than four months, leading up to Monday’s scheduled trial date.

In addition to his probation and suspended prison term, Glover also was ordered to wear an electronic ankle monitor capable of recording alcohol intake. Rowlands ordered him to be evaluated after wearing the monitor for at least six months.

Rhonda Kotnick, Glover’s attorney, said she felt the case had a fair outcome.

“As long as he’s not drinking alcohol, I don’t think the judge will see him in her court again,” she said.

Summit County court records show Glover pleaded guilty in 2004 to one count of attempted aggravated assault and one count of simple assault. He served eight months in prison and a term of probation following his release.

Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or emeyer@thebeaconjournal.com.