CINCINNATI - Two men pleaded guilty to felonious assault charges Monday for beating up a Columbia Tusculum man who fought to maintain his view of the Ohio River.
Lee Robinson, 31, and James Callaway, 35, pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the beating of Tom Nies, Jr. on Aug. 9, 2011. Later this week, the neighbor, who allegedly hired the two men, will go before a judge.
According to prosecutors, Callaway and Robinson agreed to testify against home builder Robert Fritzsch of Mount Lookout. Fritzsch is accused of hiring Robinson and Callaway to beat up Nies, after he won a lawsuit against Fritzsch.
Fritzsch built a house next door to Nies in the 3000 block of Ononta Avenue in Columbia Tusculum. Both homes overlooked the Ohio River, but Nies' view was obstructed when Fritzsch built two back decks. Nies sued Fritzsch, and won the case after a judge ruled that Fritzsch violated an easement placed on his property. Fritzsch then had to tear down the decks and pay Nies $166,000.
On Monday, Robinson and Callaway admitted that they went to Nies' home last August and beat him severely enough to cause a concussion and other injuries. The attack reportedly happened in front of Nies' child.
Fritzsch is now facing charges of felonious assault, retaliation and complicity. His next court date is Wednesday in front of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Nobert Nadel.