An Ohio man who is the caregiver to his disabled younger brother was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for punching and threatening to slice off his genitals to “push the gay ouf of him.”
Lawrence L. Featheroff, 38, pleaded guilty to attempted complicity to commit felonious assault and abduction, both third-degree felonies.
A felony charge of domestic violence was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Fairfield County Common Pleas Judge Chris A. Martin sentenced him Monday to 30 months in prison for each crime.
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Featheroff’s brother, Jason A. Meyers, 26, came to live with him and his girlfriend after he was abused in a group home. Meyers suffers from developmental disabilities, but detectives said he is reasonably high functioning.
Lancaster police said they found Meyers with a concussion, bruises to his face, and a sprained ankle during a Jan. 15 welfare check.
Meyers told police his brother; the brother’s girlfriend, 40-year-old Jamie R. Smith; and a family friend, Brent M. Disbennet, had hit him repeatedly. He said they forced him to run up and down a hill holding a heavy railroad tie.
Meyers said they only allowed him to eat once a day.
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Detective Brian Lowe testified that Featheroff told police he was upset with Meyers because he admitted to having sexual thoughts about men and boys.
He said he “wanted to toughen him up to push the gay out of him and make him a normal person.”
Featheroff previously served time for domestic violence.
Smith pleaded not guilty to complicity to commit felonious assault and abduction, and Disbennet, 25, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault. Their cases are pending.