Medina man pleads guilty to distributing fake money and assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 March 2017 at 5:27 pm

ALBION – A Medina man could face up to 4 years in prison after he admitting to distributing counterfeit money and also injuring a corrections officer to elude custody.

Sebastian L. Bonk, 24, was initially charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, which carries up to 15 years in state prison. He was one of four people charged with knowingly using counterfeit money.

Bonk was in jail on Aug. 4, when he was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital for a health issue. Bonk was at the hospital at 11:20 p.m. when he allegedly ran out of the Emergency Department door, through the lobby and out of the hospital.

Bonk had pulled his leg shackles up higher on his legs to make it easier to run. Bonk was pursued by two nurses along with a correction officer. The nurses and corrections officer were able to catch Bonk and take him to the ground about 80 yards north of the hospital on Ohio Street. Bonk injured the three during the process, leading to him being charged with three counts of second-degree assault, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison.

As part of a plea deal today, Bonk admitted guilt to second-degree assault and attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument. He will spend no more than 4 years in state prison as part of the deal. Bonk will be sentenced on May 22.

In other cases in County Court:

• A Murray resident was arraigned on three counts of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree menacing and one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Todd J. Knight II, 25, of Hulberton Road was charged after an alleged domestic violence incident. Judge James Punch issued an order of protection for the victim and has bail at $20,000 for Knight, who entered not guilty pleas.

District Attorney Joe Cardoe said a woman injured by Knight suffered a head injury with “massive swelling” on the right side of her head, a fractured rib, contusions and other injuries.

• An Albion man soon to be released from prison was assessed as a Level 1 sex offender by Judge James Punch.

Robert T. Rushing, 57, is currently an inmate at Collins Correctional Facility. He has been serving a sentence of up to 7 years for criminal sexual act in the second degree. He has been at Collins Correctional Facility since Feb. 9, 2012. He could be released on April 28, 2017.

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