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Fairborn man sentenced for unlawful restraint


XENIA — A Fairborn man was sentenced to 60 days in jail Tuesday after a Greene County jury found him guilty of unlawful restraint and not guilty of attempted rape last week. Because of jail time served before his $50,000 bond was posted (120 days), Kelly Strong, 44, of Fairborn, will not serve any time following the sentencing.

Strong was originally indicted on charges of attempted rape and abduction for an incident that occurred in June 2015. After deliberations, the jury found him guilty only of a misdemeanor unlawful restraint accusation, a lesser included charge associated with the abduction allegation.

According to Fairborn Police Operations Sgt. Mark Stannard, the charges resulted from the “physical restraint of the suspect keeping the victim from leaving the situation or being able to contact help.”

Stannard also said the victim knew Strong.

“This was not a situation of a stranger approaching somebody,” Stannard said.

Strong faced a possible sentence of 11 years in prison if he had been convicted of the two original charges.

One of Strong’s attorneys, Kyle Lennen, said the defense was very happy with the trial’s outcome, but declined further comment.

The jury returned its verdict Thursday after hearing three days of testimony under the supervision of Greene County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Buckwalter, according to online court records.

Jury finds Strong not guilty of attempted rape

By Nathan Pilling

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