MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting his mother.

John R. Capoccia, 32, pleaded guilty in Knox County Common Pleas Court to one count of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. The charge was amended down from felonious assault, a second-degree felony, by Knox County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams.

Williams has recommended a 15-month prison sentence, which will be suspended if Capoccia successfully completes treatment at a community based correctional facility.

The charge against Capoccia stems from Sept. 7. According to Williams, Capoccia strangled his mother in traffic while his mother was behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The attack was observed by a witness, who notified a Mount Vernon Police officer doing a traffic detail. When approached, Capoccia said he “was going back to jail” for strangling his mother, Williams said.

The mother was taken to the hospital following the assault, Williams said.

Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 21.

Also Tuesday, Tevin M. Harper, 19, Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to rape, a first-degree felony.

Williams has recommended a sentence of three years in prison.

The charge stems from Aug. 6, when a 16-year-old girl woke up in the middle of the night to find Harper having sex with her. Harper’s DNA was found in a sample taken off the girl, Williams said.

Harper will be classified as a tier three sex offender, required to register in person every 90 days with the sheriff’s office of his county of residence for life.

Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 21.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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