Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Attorney’s Office

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Colton Andrews confessed to two counts of aggravated arson for starting the fire on March 5th at the offices on North Second Street.  He has been ordered to serve 6 years in prison and must pay more than $73,000 in restitution to the victims.  Phil Manogg, who shared the building with the local attorney Robin Green stated that the fire destroyed much of the business he and his wife started more than 30 years ago, Ambassador Title Agency.

Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Brian Waltz stated that Andrews broke out a window and poured gasoline inside before setting it on fire.  Andrews had decided to set the blaze because he was unhappy with how Green had represented his wife in a Licking County Municipal Court case.

Read More about the article at Newark Advocate.

Sentence Delayed for Former Employee in Bank Theft

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National Security Bank, 828 Scioto, St has placed charges against employees for stealing thousands of dollars from the bank.  This past July, the Urbana Police Division found $391,000 total stolen from the bank starting back in 2009.  During that time, both Kristen S. Head and Kristie K. Shover were both employed with the bank.

In December, Head plead guilty to aggravated theft which is a third degree felony and appeared in court for sentencing the follow Monday.  After more than an hour into the hearing, the hearing delayed and to be continued to February 15th.

Read More about this article at Urbana Daily Citizen.

Drugs Big Business for Ohio Dealers

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“People would be walking around shopping, and they wouldn’t know what was happening,” recalled Botbyl, of Norwalk, who has been clean for three years and is studying to be a pastor.  “You’d never meet the guy you talked to on the phone.”

The heroin was from Mexico, and all the runners generally spoke Spanish with very little English known to them.  The Mexican cartels, mostly from South America or Mexico, control a great majority of the illegal drugs in Ohio.

Read More about this article at WKYC.

‘Band of Thieves’ Ringleader Gets Max Sentence in Clark County Court

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Accused ring leader of a crime ring in Clark County which had been named “Band of Thieves” which spanned over 11 different counties in Ohio and stole valuables that equated up to millions will be spending 27 years in prison.

Ricky Terry pleaded guilty in August to more than a dozen charges which included engaging in corrupt activity, theft, and breaking and entering.  He received the maximum sentence at Clark County Common Pleas Court.

Read More of the article on Dayton Daily News.

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Prohibited From Gun Ownership

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun

Today, in Voisine v. United States,  the Supreme Court ruled that individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are prohibited from owning a gun under U.S.C. §922(g)(9). In another Supreme Court case, United States v. Castleman, the Court established that an individual loses his or her gun rights after being convicted of intentional domestic assault; however, there was still a question of whether an individual could be prohibited from owing a gun when the domestic violence conduct was reckless and not intentional.

Short Answer: Yes, an individual convicted of reckless domestic assault or battery is prohibited from owning a gun under federal law.

Can reckless conduct cause a person to lose his or her gun rights?

The two petitioners in Voisine were both convicted of domestic violence under the Maine Criminal Code § 207. Maine Criminal Code § 207 defines assault as “… intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury or offensive physical contact to another person”.

The petitioners argued that the conduct which led to the criminal conviction was not intentional, but reckless and should not be considered a violation of U.S.C. §922(g)(9) or result in the loss of gun ownership rights.

The Supreme Court reasoned that Congress intended for individuals convicted of intentional assault and reckless assault to be barred from owning a firearm. In the 12 page opinion, the Court explained Congress’s definition of a “misdemeanor crime of violence” contains no exclusion for convictions based on reckless behavior and that “a person who assaults another recklessly uses force, no less than one who carries out that same action knowingly or intentionally”. The Court further asserted that “[f]irearms and domestic strife are a potentially deadly combination.

Can a person convicted of domestic violence in Ohio lose his or her gun rights?

34 states, including Ohio, have statutes which criminalize intentional and reckless harm against a family or household member. Under Ohio Revised Code § 2919.25 an individual may be convicted of domestic violence if he or she does the following:

  1. Knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical harm to a family or household member;
  2. Recklessly causes serious physical harm to a family or household member; or
  3. By threat or force, knowingly causes a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.

If an individual is convicted of domestic violence under Ohio Revised Code § 2919.25 he or she is prohibited from owning a gun under the federal statute U.S.C. §922(g)(9) regardless of whether the conduct was intentional or reckless.

Hire an attorney to increase likelihood of retaining gun ownership rights

Immediately after being accused or charged with domestic violence, it is important to consult an experienced domestic violence defense attorney. Individuals who represent themselves or hire a less experienced attorney are often scared into taking a plea deal in domestic violence cases. While a plea deal may result in little or no jail time, a domestic violence conviction will cause the individual to lose gun ownership rights.

Brian Joslyn of Joslyn Law Firm is an experienced domestic violence defense attorney. He has years of experience defending individuals accused and charged with domestic violence, domestic assault, aggravated assault, sexual battery, and rape. He is widely respected by the special domestic violence prosecutors and criminal court judges.

From the initial consultation, the team of attorneys will begin developing the strongest defense strategies to obtain the best possible results in your case. The Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends individuals throughout Franklin County, including Columbus, Sunbury, Dublin, Reynoldsburg, Worthington, Groveport, Plain City, Heath, Granville, Baltimore, Bremen, South Bloomfield, New Holland, Commercial Point, and surrounding areas.

Contact the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 or (888) USA-RIGHTS for a free evaluation of your domestic violence case.

References: Voisine v. United States

 

Coroner Didn’t Conduct Proper Death Investigation

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Coroner, Dr. David Cummin who works for Hocking County has currently been battling with his fellow elected officials who have accused him of not doing his job.  Now, the Illinois couple whose son died in the state park in the county are also making the same claim against the coroner.

The lawsuit was filed in December of 2015 in the federal court house in Columbus, accusing Dr. David Cummin along with others with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, County Sheriff’s office and the Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, of conducting the investigation inadequately on December 9th, 2011, where a young 18-year-old boy died in William Beinlich in Hocking Hills State Park.

Read More of the article at The Columbus Dispatch.

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sex With a Minor

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Paul P. Schildhouse, 56, from Aurora, Illinois pleaded guilty on March 22nd, 2016 to one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, which is a fourth-degree felony at Pickaway County Common Pleas Court.  Schildhouse is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison along with a $5,000 fine and plans to be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation done by the court.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender and if is decided to be imprisoned, must serve five years of post-release control.

 

Read More about this case at Pickaway News Journal.

Driver Not Guilty of Murder for Ramming Two People With His Car in 2013

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Montez Hollins pleads not guilty of murder when he was protecting his fiancee and another woman with them from an armed gunman and accomplice by using his vehicle to slam into the two people.  After a few hours of deliberation among the jury, Hollins was acquitted in the murder of Jason Barry Sr. and attempted murder and felonious assault for injuring Barry’s wife, Kistina Petree which all took place in a West Side shopping center two years prior.

Read More about this article in The Columbus Dispatch.