Press Releases

Oct 27 2016

Defendant: Leon Maurice Alexander

MAN WHO ATTACKED AND ROBBED 89 YEAR OLD WOMAN IN HER NORTH LINDEN HOME SENTENCED TO TWENTY-ONE YEARS IN PRISON
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man was armed with a box cutter and a knife when he attacked the 89 year old victim in this case and threatened to rape and kill her.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Leon Maurice Alexander, age 45, was sentenced today to twenty-one y...
Oct 25 2016

Defendant: Mario Lemar Miller

MAN INDICTED FOR VIDEOTAPING HIMSELF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A TEENAGER AND SHARING THE VIDEO
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man videotaped himself sexually assaulting a teenager, turned the cell phone to his face, and recorded the entire incident.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has retu...
Oct 20 2016

Defendant: Paris Leigh Hatton

MONDAY’S MOST WANTED HEROIN TRAFFICKER INDICTED AND ARRESTED FOR PROVIDING HEROIN THAT LED TO FATAL OVERDOSE
          Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “One of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted, Paris Leigh Hatton, has been arrested for selling the heroin/fentanyl which killed another person in our county.  We will continue to aggressively prosecute these traffickers so t...
Oct 19 2016

Defendant: Steven Robert Payt

49 YEAR OLD SON INDICTED FOR THEFT AND IDENTITY FRAUD EXCEEDING $200,000 FROM HIS 89 YEAR OLD FATHER WHO WAS SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER’S
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This son stole over $200,000 from his elderly father who has since passed away, but at the time was suffering from Alzheimer’s, and from his mother, for his own personal gain and gambling habits.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced...
Oct 19 2016

Defendant: Ahmed Mohamed Salah

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON MAN FOR TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENT RECORDS AND DOZENS OF THEFT OFFENSES AT AUTO AUCTIONS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man purchased dozens of cars using bad checks, while scamming auto auction businesses in both Franklin and Hamilton County in excess of $200,000.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a RIC...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: John Matthews

MARION COUNTY GOP CHAIRMAN AND FORMER OHIO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR THEFT IN OFFICE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “John Matthews is alleged to have engaged in political activity while on state time.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against John Roger Matthews II, age 50, for one ...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie

LARGE-SCALE DRUG TRAFFICKER IN POSSESSION OF APPROXIMATELY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS FOUND GUILTY AFTER THREE DAY JURY TRIAL
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie, a large-scale drug trafficker, was found guilty late yesterday for his role in the distribution of multiple kilograms of Cocaine into the Central Ohio area.”  Following a three day trial, Smith was ...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: Sara E. Eberhard and Rayshon La Carlos Alexander

TWO UNRELATED HEROIN TRAFFICKERS INDICTED FOR PROVIDING HEROIN THAT LED TO ONE FATAL AND ONE NEAR FATAL OVERDOSE
          Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “We will continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers selling heroin/fentanyl/carfentanil. The drugs they are selling are killing people in Franklin County.  Had EMS not responded by immediately administering Narcan to one of the vict...
Oct 13 2016

Defendant: John Roger Matthews II

MARION COUNTY GOP CHAIRMAN AND FORMER OHIO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR THEFT IN OFFICE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “John Matthews is alleged to have engaged in political activity while on state time.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against John Roger Matthews II, age 50, for one ...
Oct 12 2016

Defendant: Raymond Boyd Gates

MAN WHO RAPED TEENAGER WHILE VICTIM’S FRIEND USED PERISCOPE APP TO LIVE STREAM THE RAPE PLEADS GUILTY
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Fortunately for the victim in this case, a citizen in another state saw the live stream of the rape when it was occurring and reported the crime to the authorities.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Raymond Boyd Gates, age 2...
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