Thiry found guilty of menacing, harassment, disorderly conduct

John Thiry, the Ashland homeless man acquitted in the Oak Knoll fire case, is back in jail after being sentenced to eight months jail for throwing rocks and threatening two middle school girls who were walking to school in May.

In a two-hour bench trial this morning Jackson County Circuit Judge Timothy Gerking found Thiry, 41, guilty of two counts of menacing and one count each of harassment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor charges.

Gerking immediately sentenced Thiry to two consecutive four-month sentences for the menacing charges, and two 30-day concurrent sentences for the other charges. Thiry was also placed on 18-months probation and ordered to have no contact with the girls or their school.

The girls, ages 12 and 13, testified Thiry was wandering on the railroad tracks, muttering to himself and throwing rocks at the tracks as the girls walked along the city's bike path near Clay Street at 7:30 a.m. on May 10. Thiry approached them, began harassing them, then started throwing rocks at them as they ran away.

"He was saying, 'I'm gonna kill you,'" one of the girls said, adding she was hit by rocks once in the back and once in the back of the head before Thiry stopped the chase.

The girls ran to Ashland Middle School, where they reported the incident and police were called.

Thiry did not testify at today's trial. His defense attorney, John Hamilton, said Thiry's behavior on that May day might have scared the girls, but it wasn't criminal.

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