Mark Reynolds pleads guilty to murder of White Castle manager in 2020

Posted on 12/1/2022

Defendant: Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds pled guilty yesterday to five charges, including murder, related to crimes he committed on Oct. 23, 2020.

Over the course of about two hours that morning, Reynolds shot at several people at different locations on the west side of Columbus. He entered a White Castle restaurant and fired at a group of employees, killing 30-year-old manager Amanda Rush.

In addition to pleading guilty to murder with a firearm specification, Reynolds also pled guilty to kidnapping, felonious assault with a firearm specification, felonious assault without specification, and breaking and entering.

Reynolds was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison, a sentence jointly recommended by Reynolds’ defense attorney and the prosecutor’s office. The sentence for murder is 15 years to life, but the gun specifications added six years. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jaiza Page followed the recommendation.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Courtney Sackett and Renee Amlin handled the case for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.