Press Releases

Jul 20 2023

Defendant: Mamadou Diallo

Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures guilty verdict for 2021 murder of Fatoumata Diallo
A Franklin County jury found Mamadou Diallo, 43, of Columbus, guilty Wednesday of several charges, including the 2021 murder of his wife Fatoumata Diallo. Cory Helffrich and Beau Wenger, both assistant prosecuting attorneys with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Offic...
Jul 17 2023

Defendant: Robert Edwards

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office secures guilty verdict in the murders of two women killed in the 1990s
Robert Edwards, 68, was found guilty July 14, of two counts of murder, one count aggravated murder and rape, related to the deaths of Alma Lake and Michelle Dawson. Daniel Meyer and David Zeyen, both assistant prosecuting attorneys with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney...
Jun 29 2023

Defendant: Devon Robinson

Devon Robinson Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for the 2022 Death of Mario Copeland
A 27-year-old Columbus man has been sentenced to 25 to 30-½ years in prison for his role in a 2022 shooting that left Mario Copeland, 38, dead. Devon Robinson pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 28, to voluntary manslaughter for killing Copeland, also of Columbus. Robinson also ...
Jun 14 2023

Defendant: Ayub Issack

Ayub Issack Sentenced to at least 21 years in prison following guilty plea in 2022 shooting death.
On June 13, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott sentenced Ayub Issack, 21, of Franklin County, to 21 to 26½ years in prison after Issack pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification, having a weapon under disability, robbery and carry...
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 ...

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