Champion man convicted causing serious injury to grandson’s elbow

Staff report


Michael Tenney showed no reaction when Judge Ronald Rice read the three consecutive guilty verdicts in Tenney’s felonious assault trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The jury found him guilty Friday of felonious-assault and two counts of child endangering.

Judge Rice will sentence Tenney, 64, of Woodrow Avenue, Champion, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He could get more than 10 years in prison, but prosecutors will recommend his convictions are served at the same time, meaning he would get no more than eight years in prison.

Tenney’s grandson testified that Tenney pulled hard on the boy’s arm when Tenney was baby-sitting the boy, now 6, and his little brother at Tenney’s house a year ago.

The boy initially said he was injured in a fall from the couch, but he later told officials it was caused by his grandfather pulling on his arm while angry at him.

Two doctors who testified at the trial also had differing opinions about the likely reason for the injury, which was a severe fracture of his elbow.

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