Exclusive: Victim of jealous rage wonders if the punishment fit the crime

EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A man was run over by his girlfriend and now he's wondering of she got a break, just because she's a woman?

Martell Thomas, the victim of a lover's quarrel, spoke exclusively to 19 Action News reporter Ed Gallek.

"I couldn't really believe it. I was scared. I was really scared," said Martell Thomas.
For the first time Martell Thomas is telling his survivor's story.

"Both of my knees and my leg were crushed," said Martell Thomas.

The incident happened last year in East Cleveland. The driver, Lena Chaney, hit Thomas with her van, then went back to scold him. Chaney was just sentenced to four years in prison.

"You know she laughed when she came back. She laughed and said something," said Martell Thomas.

19 Action News went to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors office to see if Chaney was given preferential treatment. We were told Chaney struck a plea deal -- but she plead to felony assault charges. We were also told the sex of the attacker didn't matter.

"It didn't matter when I met with my supervisor. That wasn't a consideration for it. It never even came up," said Asst. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Brian Kraft.

"She thought I was cheating on her, but I wasn't," said Martell Thomas.