Troy man sentenced for throwing cup of his blood on jail officer

A Troy man who threw a cup of his blood in the face of a Miami County correction officer bringing him a meal in jail was sentenced Tuesday to two years of community control on a felony harassment with a bodily substance charge.

Tyler Sharp, 25, was found guilty by Judge Christopher Gee in Miami County Common Pleas Court in May. Sharp had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Aug. 14, 2017 incident at the county jail. He pleaded no contest after an evaluation of Sharp found him competent to stand trial.

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Defense lawyer Jay Lopez said Sharp was not on his medication when the incident occurred and was remorseful for his actions.

"I am really sorry. I will take my medication from now on," Sharp said.

Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said she understood there were mental health issues involved but asked for prison time for Sharp.

"I really can't think of much worse that could happen to you when you go to work and something like this happens," she said.

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Gee said the victim suffered serious psychological harm and there was no evidence of physical harm.

He pointed out Sharp had been in jail since the offense occurred last summer and there had been no repeat of the behavior in part because Sharp was taking his medication.

Sharp was ordered to complete the community control, obtain employment, continue mental health treatment and take medication as prescribed. If he violates terms of the community control, Sharp could face up to a year in prison.

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