Ohio Judge, William Mallory, sentenced Jake Strotman to twelve consecutive Sunday church service after a physical altercation in downtown Cincinnati.
Twenty-three year old, Jake Strotman was a self-employed salesman and Catholic. He and his friends were enjoying a night of beer and hockey at the Cincinnati Cyclones vs Fort Wayne Komets hockey game. The group had decided to spend the remainder of their evening in downtown Cincinnati when they encountered a group of Baptist street preachers.
Strotman confessed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that he went up to the street preachers and uttered his “two cents worth”.
Strotman said that the street preachers told him that he was going to hell, and he kept asking then why they thought that they could condemn people. He claimed that he didn’t understand why they thought they could judge him.
Meanwhile, overhearing the argument, another man approached the street preachers and, according to Strotman, “started going off like a ball of fire”.
Amidst the barrage of threats, yelling, pushing and shoving, Strotman ended up face-down on the asphalt and pushed his hand down on the preacher’s (Joshua Johnson) face as he was getting back up. Johnson claims that as he did so, Strotman shoved Johnson’s glasses into his face thereby cutting him.
Ohio Judge William Mallory ended up convicting Strotman of attempted assault, which is a misdemeanor. Mallory is known for handing out creative sentences, and said in the courtroom that while 90 days in jail was an option, he was open to other ideas.
“I’m trying to get to something reasonable here. And I’ll be honest with you guys, sometimes in certain places people don’t want to be preached to. You agree with that right?” Mallory reportedly said to Johnson in court.
Strotman opted to select his own sentence, which was attending a church of Mallory’s choosing.
The judge agreed, and Strotman was sentenced to twelve (18 hours in total) consecutive Sunday services at Morning Star Baptist church. Strotman was additionally required to have the weekly attendance report signed by the pastor, Joshua Johnson.
Additionally, Strotman also paid $480 in court fines and a $2,800 lawyer bill.
Strotman told the Cincinnati Enquirer that, “Three months, that’s not that bad. I think it’s a nice example of hearing people out instead of getting angry and jumping to conclusions…I’m going to listen with both my ears and keep my mouth shut.”
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