Court of Appeals of Ohio, First District, Hamilton
Appeal From: Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas TRIAL NO.
T. Deters, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, and Sean M.
Donovan, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for
T. Goldberg, for Defendant-Appellant.
Following a jury trial, Levenski Crossty was convicted of
aggravated burglary, felonious assault, and abduction. The
trial court sentenced him to consecutive prison terms for an
aggregate of 20 years. He now appeals.
and Procedural History
Jessica Wilson, the mother of Crossty's two-year-old
daughter, was house-sitting for a friend who was out of town.
Wilson and her four young children were at the home when
Crossty entered, uninvited, through a window. Wilson did not
know Crossty had entered the home until she heard him
screaming at her while she was giving one of the children a
bath. Wilson shut and locked the bathroom door, but Crossty
forced the door open.
Before Wilson could call 911, Crossty grabbed her and struck
her in the head. She was apparently knocked unconscious
because the next thing she recalled was that she was sitting
in the passenger seat of her brother's car with her
two-year-old daughter on her lap and three of her older
children in the back seat. Crossty was driving the car.
As he was driving, Crossty continually screamed at Wilson and
struck her face, arm, and head. This continued over the
course of several hours.
Wilson said that Crossty drove them to a park, where they all
got out of the car for a short time. Wilson was scared and
wanted to get away from Crossty, but she did not leave
because she feared for the safety of her children.
Then they all got back into the car and Crossty drove Wilson
and the children to his sister's home. His sister was not
there. In an attempt to escape from Crossty, Wilson ran to a
neighbor's home, pounded on the door, and yelled for
help. No one responded. Crossty grabbed Wilson, but she held
onto a pole. At some point, Crossty bit Wilson's hand.
Crossty got the kids back into the car and threatened to
leave with them, so Wilson also got back into the car. Wilson
was scared for her children and for herself, but had no phone
to call for help, so she repeatedly asked Crossty to drop the
children off somewhere. Crossty refused and continued to
scream and to strike Wilson. They had been together for
several hours at that point.
Then Wilson told Crossty that the children needed to eat.
When Crossty pulled into a fast-food restaurant's
drive-through lane, Wilson scooped up her two-year-old
daughter and escaped from the car. Wilson ran around the car
and tried to hand the child to a restaurant employee through
the drive-through window, but Crossty grabbed the child, put
her in the car, and drove off, leaving a hysterical Wilson
Restaurant employees called the police. An employee testified
that Wilson's eye was huge, swollen, black, and bloody.
Wilson was taken to the hospital, where she remained several
hours for treatment. Police detectives went to the hospital
to interview Wilson and to photograph her injuries. Wilson
showed no signs of intoxication.
In his interview with the police, Crossty said that he and a
friend had gone to the home where Wilson was house-sitting to
have dinner. After his friend left, Crossty took Wilson and
four of her children to a park. Crossty said that Wilson was
drunk, and that he confronted her about cheating on him. He
said that when they got to his sister's home, Wilson ran
to a neighbor's home, banged on the door, and yelled for
help. So Crossty grabbed her, and had to "get
rough" with her to get her back in the car. He ...