Judge orders woman be shot with ‘pepper spray’

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PAINESVILLE, OH - Is a creative consequence  better than jail time? That's the thinking behind some unusual sentences handed down by a judge. He believes bad guys should sometimes get a taste of their own medicine.

In the past, Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced a drunken driver to view bodies of car crash victims in the morgue and told teens to play drums in support of Lake Metroparks for criminal mischief.

On Thursday, Judge Cicconetti gave Diamond T. Gaston a choice after she pleaded guilty to assault for using pepper spray on the victim. Court officials said the 20-year-old Painesville woman could either spend 30 days in the Lake County Jail or have the victim spray her with the chemical.

She opted for the pepper spray.

But Judge Cicconetti had the victim use a non-harmful, water-based substance. Gaston didn't know that at the time and it was captured on video. She will be on community control for four months and must perform three days of community work service.

The judge also gave Victoria E. Bascom, 18, of Fairport Harbor, two options. She pleaded guilty to theft for failing to pay a cab driver for a trip from Cleveland to Painesville, according to the judge's secretary.

Instead of spending 60 days in jail, she chose to walk the distance of her taxi ride.

Bascom has 48 hours to complete 30 miles, starting Friday at the Lake County Fairgrounds. She was also sentenced to four months of community control and has to pay $100 restitution.

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