AKRON, OH – Edwin Heatherly, 71, has pleaded guilty to assault after he messed up his neighbor with a high-pressure washer last year.
According to the Summit County prosecutor, Heatherly was using his high pressure washer to clean off an outdoor grill last June. His neighbor of 33 years, 69-year-old Kenneth Grether, wasn’t real happy with this, as the grime from Heatherly’s grill was flying over a 5-foot high fence and landing on his house and in his garden.
Grether had some issues trying to get Heatherly’s attention because Grether is deaf and mute. So he simply sprayed his water hose through the fence that separated their property. Heatherly responded to this by spraying his power washer at Grether through the fence, and ended up cutting Grether’s hands, arms, chin, neck and the area behind his ear.
After Heatherly’s wife called police, officers arrived to find Grether bleeding profusely from his face, arms and hands. Heatherly would be arrested and charged with felonious assault with a weapon, while Grether would be left with scars, including a foot-long scar extending from his chin to his right ear, along with $40,000 in medical bills.
Heatherly ended up pleading guilty to assault, and had been sentenced to six months in jail and one year probation. He also has to pay Grether $43,000 in restitution and ordered to have no contact with him.
If you’re wondering why prosecutors considered the pressure washer a weapon, check out this picture that shows the damage Heatherly’s power washer did to Grether’s arm, or watch the following from last year that that shows the injuries Grether suffered.
I was using a power washer one summer a few years back to clean my deck, and accidentally angled the spray towards my foot. The water flayed a large chunk of skin off the top of my foot, and sent it flying through the air. I would find the skin a few days later, stuck to the side of my house.