Press Releases

Jan 10 2018

Defendant: Sean M. Newman

GROVEPORT MAN INDICTED FOR MURDER AND FELONIOUS ASSAULT AFTER SHOOTING HIS WIFE IN THE HEAD IN FIRST HOMICIDE CASE OF 2018
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man shot his wife in the head on New Year’s Eve and then fled the scene.”  Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Sean M. Newman, age 32, for two counts of Murder wit...
Jan 08 2018

Defendant: Justin Francis Budding

FORMER EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR VOYEURISM INVOLVING A TEENAGE LIFEGUARD AT POOL IN HILLIARD
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Not only did this man record a teenage lifeguard in a changing room at the pool, but he also had child pornography on his cell phone.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Justin ...
Dec 28 2017

Defendant: Devon Dreshawn Bias and Darnell Deejohn Vinson

ONE MEMBER OF THE BLOODS GANG INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO FOUR MURDERS; A SECOND MEMBER OF THE BLOODS GANG INDICTED IN TWO OF THE MURDERS
           Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Between these two defendants in the Bloods gang, we have four murders that happened in our county over an eight day time span.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned indictments against...
Dec 21 2017

Defendant: Jackie Bell

DRUG TRAFFICKER INDICTED FOR PROVIDING THE HEROIN/FENTANYL AND COCAINE THAT LED TO ONE FATAL AND ONE NEAR FATAL OVERDOSE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Had EMS not responded by immediately administering Narcan, we would have had two fatalities in this case instead of one. We will continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers selling these drugs that are killing people in Franklin County.”  Pros...
Dec 20 2017

Defendant: Cottrell Marshall, Jr., Deshawn Lamont Givens, Thorsha Lamont Cartharn, Jeffery Terrell Marshall, Sherman Lloyd Tanner, Michelle L. Martin, and Sara Louise Ann Wilson

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON SEVEN ADULTS FOR LURING VICTIMS INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Our office will continue to work with local law enforcement to prosecute offenders who force or coerce victims into human trafficking.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a RICO...
Dec 19 2017

Defendant: Shelton Demond Burnette

WHITEHALL MAN INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AND FELONIOUS ASSAULT AFTER STABBING HIS WIFE OVER 2 DOZEN TIMES WITH A BUTCHER KNIFE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This is a sad case of domestic violence where this man stabbed his wife over two dozen times because he felt like she belittled him in front of her adult daughters.”  Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury ...
Dec 13 2017

Defendant: Robert James Scheiblich and Dillon Jacob Scheiblich

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON FATHER AND SON FOR STEALING APPROXIMATELY $100,000 DOLLARS WORTH OF TIRES AND RIMS FROM OVER THIRTY VICTIMS LOCATED IN 6 COUNTIES IN OHIO
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This father and son went to approximately three dozen different businesses located in Franklin, Madison, Union, Butler, Medina, and Muskingum Counties and stole approximately $100,000 in tires and/or rims they took from trucks and trailers.”  Pros...
Dec 06 2017

Defendant: Steven M. Wallen and Nina L. Straty

TWO SEPARATE AND UNRELATED PARENTS INDICTED FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATHS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE CHILDREN
            Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “An innocent toddler shot to death in one family and a newborn baby with a drug overdose in another family have both died while in the care of their respective parent.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand ...
Dec 01 2017

Defendant: Richard Miguel Hough

DRUG IMPAIRED DRIVER INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN DEATH OF 61 YEAR OLD WOMAN
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man had drugs in his system when he drove the wrong direction up the entrance ramp and struck the victim and her three passengers head-on as they travelled on the ramp from eastbound Refugee Road to westbound U.S. Route 33.”  ...
Dec 01 2017

Defendant: Virsna Angel Sieng

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSING LARGE AMOUNT OF COCAINE AND A FIREARM SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Virsna Angel Sieng, age 41, was sentenced today after previously being found guilty of Possession of Drugs and Having a Weapon Under Disability following a four day jury trial in October.  On July 7 th , 2014, a search warrant was ex...
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