Press Releases

Jun 08 2023

Defendant: Kyle Lucas

Kyle Lucas sentenced to at least 14 years in prison following guilty verdict in 2022 assault.
On June 7, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch sentenced Kyle Lucas, 33, to 14 to 18 years in prison after convicting Lucas on two counts — felonious assault with a three-year firearm specification and a repeat violent offender specification and having a we...
Jun 07 2023

Defendant: Clyde Littlefield

Clyde Littlefield sentenced to a minimum of 19 years and 2 months in prison for 2021 homicide
After pleading guilty June 5 to Involuntary Manslaughter and other charges, Clyde Littlefield, 23, was sentenced by Judge Kimberly Cocroft in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to the maximum sentence of 19 years and 2 months to 24 years and 8 months in prison. In J...
May 26 2023

Defendant: Javontae Williams

Javontae Williams sentenced to at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch on Thursday sentenced Jovantae Williams, 19, to at least 12 years in prison following Williams’ guilty plea to one charge of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. On September 20, 2020, while ins...
May 22 2023

Defendant: Jerry Sargent / Anthony Hunter

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Secures Guilty Verdicts in Two Cases This Week
The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secured guilty verdicts in two separate trials this week. On Wednesday, May 17, a jury found Jerry Sargent, 63, of Sparta, guilty of Gross Sexual Imposition in a case involving an 8-year-old girl. The victim said that in Jun...
May 19 2023

Defendant: Krieg Butler

Franklin County Grand Jury Indicts Krieg Butler on Two Charges Related to Death of Sinzae Reed
The office of Franklin County Prosecutor G. Gary Tyack presented evidence surrounding the death of Sinzae Reed, 13, to the Franklin County Grand Jury on May 17 and 18, 2023. Multiple witnesses testified under oath. Pertinent legal instructions were provided to the Grand Jury. ...
May 08 2023

Defendant: Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne Sentenced to a Minimum of 40 Years for Shooting of 15-Year-Old that Resulted in the Death of Her Unborn Child
Judge Carl Aveni sentenced Christopher Payne, 27, of Columbus, to a life sentence of no less than 40 years for the 2020 drive-by shooting that killed the unborn child of the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the incident. Kirk Shaw, an assistant prosecuting attorney, and Keith ...
May 01 2023

Defendant: Demetris Ortega

Columbus police detective indicted for leaving the scene of crash that left woman dead
Columbus police detective indicted for leaving the scene of crash that left woman dead COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that the Franklin County grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Detective Demetris Ortega, 49,...
May 01 2023

Defendant: Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams Found Guilty of Sexual Imposition
Anthony Williams Found Guilty of Sexual Imposition and Rape of a Child Under the Age of 13 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anthony Williams, 31, of Columbus, was found guilty today of raping two young relatives. Williams had been charged in September 2020 with one count of gross sexual...
Apr 14 2023

Defendant: Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne found guilty on all charges related to 2020 drive-by shooting that killed an unborn baby
Christopher Payne, 27, of Columbus, was found guilty Thursday, April 13, of all 12 charges against him, including murder and attempted murder, related to a drive-by shooting in 2020 that injured a 15-year-old girl and killed her unborn baby. A Franklin County jury agreed wi...
Apr 07 2023

Defendant: Cortez Jackson

Cortez Jackson found guilty in 2021 murder of his girlfriend, Alyse Edwards
On April 6, a Franklin County jury found Cortez Jackson, 33, guilty of the 2021 murder of Alyse Edwards, his girlfriend at the time with whom he had three children. Jackson, of Columbus, had been charged with two counts of murder with a 3-year firearm specification in Edwa...

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