Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Man gets 16 years for spraying acid on 4 people during argument

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Delhi Township man was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for spraying four people with sulfuric acid during an argument last year.

        Jeremy Pelphrey, 21, had faced 10 counts of felonious assault for the incident.

        On May 18, he pleaded guilty before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nurre to four of the charges.

        The other charges were dismissed.

        Authorities say that early Dec. 17, Mr. Pelphrey drove to a house in the 400 block of Samoht Ridge Road along with his mother.

        Upon arrival, his mother got into a dispute with an occupant of the house.

        As the fight continued, Mr. Pelphrey retrieved a container of sulfuric acid from his car and sprayed it on four people at the residence.

        They suffered numerous burns and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

        During sentencing Tuesday, victims and their relatives told Judge Nurre how the incident has changed their lives because of the disfiguring scars left by the acid burns.


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