Press Releases

Feb 29 2024

Defendant: Breon Kelly

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures guilty plea from third and last defendant in a 2022 attempted murder case.
On Feb. 27, the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea from Breon Kelly, 21, of Columbus for a 2022 shooting incident in Whitehall. Kelly was the third and final person to plead guilty in the shooting. His co-defendants, Larry Latham III, 21, and M...
Feb 21 2024

Defendant: Michael Thilat

Michael Thilat to serve at least 14 years in prison after guilty plea in 2022 murder case
Michael Thilat, 31, of Columbus, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year firearm specification in the 2022 death of Anthony Luney. Franklin County prosecutors Kevin Bertelsen and John Gripshover prosecuted the case, and Franklin C...
Feb 16 2024

Defendant: Justus Robertson

Justus Robertson sentenced to 29 years in prison in 2022 murder case
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott on February 15 sentenced Justus Robertson, 20, of Columbus, to a total term of 29 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Christopher Roberts, Jr. in July of 2022. A jury in January convicted Robertson of seve...
Feb 06 2024

Defendant: Dwayne Cummings

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures guilty verdict in 2022 murder case
A jury today found Columbus resident Dwayne Cummings guilty of one count of murder in the death of Gregory Coleman, Jr. in September of 2022. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown presided over the trial, and immediately sentenced Cummings to a life sentence ...
Jan 29 2024

Defendant: James Scaff

James Scaff sentenced for stealing police ammunition and for multiple other thefts
James Scaff was sentenced on Jan. 25 to eight years and nine months in prison for his role in multiple break-ins and thefts in March and April 2023, and for illegally possessing firearms. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft presided over the hearing...
Dec 20 2023

Defendant: Robin Sebastian

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Secures Guilty Verdict for 2021 Murder
A Franklin County jury on Dec. 15 found Columbus resident Robin Sebastian guilty of murdering Pradeep Anand in 2021. Franklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Don Miller and Rob Doersam handled the case. Miller and Doersam established that Sebastian, 34, fatally stabb...
Dec 04 2023

Defendant: Christopher Lee Kimmel

Christopher Lee Kimmel found guilty, sentenced for theft of police ammunition and other items.
Christopher Lee Kimmel, 37, of Columbus pleaded guilty on Friday, Dec. 1, to multiple charges related to two thefts, one which involved stolen police ammunition. Kimmel pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of possession of criminal tools, f...
Dec 04 2023

Defendant: John Allen

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures guilty verdicts in three separate rape cases
On Nov. 30, the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secured guilty verdicts against John Allen of Columbus, 47, for the rapes of three separate victims. Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Thomas Vaccaro and Chynna Kelley prosecuted the case for the prosecutor’s offic...
Nov 27 2023

Defendant: Mason Thompson-Bray & Skylor VanHouten

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures multiple guilty verdicts in 2022 double murder case
On Nov. 21, the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secured a total of 17 guilty verdicts against Mason Thompson-Bray of Grove City, 23, and Skylor VanHouten of Springfield, 22, for the 2022 murders of Francisco Rodriguez and Trintan Mendoza. Assistant Prosecutin...
Nov 21 2023

Defendant: Johnnie Wappner

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office secures guilty verdict in 2022 murder case
On Nov. 17, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office secured three guilty verdicts against Johnnie Wappner, 33, for the 2022 murder of Marcus Deloney, 32. A jury found Wappner, of Columbus, guilty of murder, reckless homicide and felonious assault, all with three-year firearm s...

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