Recent Verdicts and Judgements

STATE OF OHIO v. CULLEN A. PARSONS

{¶2} Following a jury trial, Parsons was found guilty of one count of attempted murder in violation of R.C. 2903.02(A), a felony of the first degree with a firearm specification, one count of felonious assault in violation of R.C. 2903.11(A)(2), a felony of the second degree with a firearm specification, and one count of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle in v ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. CORY BENJAMIN SHEPHERD

{¶1} Defendant-appellant, Cory Benjamin Shepherd (“Shepherd”), appeals the February 11, 2019 judgment entries of sentence of the Hardin County Court of Common Pleas. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the judgment of the trial court in case number 20182105 CRI, assigned appellate case number 6-19-03, and dismiss case number 20162142 CRI, assigned appellate case number 6-1 ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. CALEB M. JONES

{¶2} On February 5, 2019, the Crawford County Grand Jury indicted Jones on three counts: Count One of importuning in violation of R.C. 2907.07(A), (C)(1), a third-degree felony, and Counts Two and Three of rape in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b), first-degree felonies. (Doc. No. 1). Jones entered a written plea of not guilty to all counts of the indictment on February 8, ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. KARL F. DUNCAN

{¶2} At roughly 3:30 A.M. on February 24, 2019, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a Speedway Station in which an incident of domestic violence was reported. Tr. 307. The officers who responded to this call encountered Duncan’s girlfriend, A.R., when they arrived at the Speedway Station. Tr. 167, 206-207, 288. A.R. informed the officers that Duncan had ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. LASTAN’LE BERNARD WILLIAMS, JR.

{¶ 3} The presentence investigation report (PSI) and the complainant’s statements at the sentencing hearing reveal the following facts. {¶ 4} In 2016, while students at Sinclair Community College, Dennis Boddie met Williams, and the two became friends. Around 2018, Williams lost his housing when the person with whom he was staying asked him to leave. For a time, Boddie allo ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. FRED TIPTON, III

{¶ 2} On May 13, 2019, Tipton was charged with one count of aggravated menacing, in violation of R.C. 2903.21(A), a first-degree misdemeanor. Tipton pleaded not guilty, and the matter proceeded to a bench trial. The evidence presented showed the following facts. {¶ 3} Hester Tipton, who goes by her middle name, Renee, is Fred Tipton’s sister. At the time of the events in this case, she h ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. TOVA I. WALLACE-LEE

{¶ 4} On November 3, 2018, Wallace-Lee and Tre-Ana Tarver used Facebook to engage in a series of communications during which the two argued over a man with whom they were both involved. The communications were extended to include Mahogany Bruce and Adra Tarrent, two of Tarver’s friends. Over the course of approximately seven hours, the online argument escalated; at its culmi ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

IN THE MATTER OF: A.A.V.

{¶ 2} A.V. and A.C. are the father and mother of A.A.V., who was born in 2012. The couple was never married, but resided together in Urbana with the minor child. In 2014, the couple separated and initiated parenting proceedings in the Champaign County Family Court. The court ultimately entered a shared parenting plan. {¶ 3} Thereafter, the parties filed numerous motions, including motions ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

Ellen Breneman v. Solomon Nyamusa and Eagle Eye Truck Lines, LLC

Minneapolis, MN - Ellen Breneman sued Solomon Nyamusa and Eagle Eye Truck Lines, LLC on personal injury, auto negligence, and respondeat superior theories claiming to have been injured and/or damaged in a car truck wreck cased by Nyamusa. ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - MN)

MATTHEW TYE, et al. v. T. JEFFREY BEAUSAY, et al.

{¶ 4} This is the second time this case has been before us. The first appeal involved a summary judgment granted on whether an attorney-client relationship existed between the Tye brothers and Beausay. See Tye v. Beausay, 2017-Ohio-7943, 98 N.E.3d 970 (2d Dist.) (“Tye I”). The facts set forth in that case were as follows: The present litigation stems from a 2010 medical-malpractice lawsuit ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OH)

United States of America v. Dale Lynn James

Pierre, SD - The United States of America chargedDale Lynn James, age 33, with conspiracy to tamper with a witness. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each count. Restitution may also be ordered. The Indictment alleges that on or about March 3, 2019, James di ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - SD)

United States of America v. Omar Kashaka Taylor a/k/a "Shaka"

Minneapolis, MN - The United States of America charged Omar Kashaka Taylor a/k/a "Shaka" with sex trafficking. “Omar Taylor was a coercive sex trafficker who pursued and exploited vulnerable victims for his own financial profit,” said United States Attorney Erica MacDonald. “The 400-month sentence handed down today is appropriate in light of the trauma Mr. Taylor inflicted upon his victims.” ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - MN)

United States of America v. Jordan James Booker

Rapid City, IA - The United States of America charged Jordan James Booker, age 23, with felony possession of a firearm and fining a warning shot to scare another person. In a plea agreement, Booker admitted that, on March 9, 2019, he shot a warning shot after an individual came to his house and attempted to buy a television with a counterfeit $100 bill. When that individual refused to leave ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - IA)

United States of America v. Michael Brandstrom

Council Bluff, IA - The United States of America charged Michael Brandstrom, age 29, with production and possession of child pornography. The charges stem from an investigation initiated by local law enforcement after a mother reported her four-year-old child missing from their apartment in Council Bluffs on September 2, 2019. As Council Bluffs Police Officers searched the apartment complex, ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - IA)

United States of America v. Jason William Siesser

Jefferson City, MO - The United States of America charged Jason William Siesser with attempting to purchase a chemical weapon, capable of killing hundreds of people, on the dark web with Bitcoin. Siesser admitted that he attempted to acquire a chemical weapon on two occasions between June 14 and Aug. 23, 2018, and that he did not attempt to acquire that chemical weapon for a peaceful or prot ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - MO)

United States of America v. Ledra A. Craig

St. Louis, MO - The United States of America charged Ledra A. Craig, ate 43, with drug distribution. According to the criminal complaint, investigators began conducting an overdose death investigation after a victim was found deceased in Saint Charles, Missouri on Sunday, August 2, 2020. The investigation uncovered surveillance video from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, showing ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - MO)

United States of America v. Josue Duane Graza

Little Rock, AR - The United States of America charged Josue Duane Graza with smuggling tobacco and cellular telephones into the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City where he worked as a guard. In June 2018, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City, Arkansas, informed prison officials that his family had been purchasing tobacco and cell phones and mailing them, al ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OK)

State of Texas v. Amber Renee Guyger

Dallas, TX - The State of Texas charged Amber Renee Guyger with second degree murder for shooing an killing Botham Jean in his own apartment when she entered his apartment thinking that it was her apartment on September 6, 2018. ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Jacky Cardale Mayfield and Rebecca Mechelle Williams

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Jacky Cardale Mayfield and Rebecca Mechelle Williams with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7 Date of Offense: 06/13/2016 Party Name Disposition Information MAYFIELD, JACKY CARDALE Disposed: CONVICTION, 08/06/2020. Non-Jury Trial Count as Disposed: MURDER - FIRST DEGREE(HM11) Violation of 21 O.S. ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Travis Jace Evans

Wagoner, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Travis Jace Evans with: 1. BURGLARY-1ST DEGREE 2. DOMESTIC ABUSE - A&B ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - OK)

Diane Holley, Individually and as Conservator, etc. v. Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc.

Defendants Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc., and Subtenant 350 W. Bay Street, LLC dba Silverado Senior Living – Newport Mesa (collectively Silverado or defendants) appeal from the trial court’s order denying its petition to compel arbitration of the complaint filed by plaintiffs Diane Holley, both individually and as successor in interest to Elizabeth S. Holley, and James Holley (collectiv ... More $0 (08-08-2020 - CA)

STATE OF OHIO v. T.J.D.

{¶ 2} Over 30 years ago, on September 20, 1989, T.J.D. was convicted of felony drug abuse in violation of R.C. 2925.11. T.J.D. later moved the trial court to seal the record of his conviction pursuant to R.C. 2953.32(A)(1). The trial court granted T.J.D.’s motion and issued an order sealing the record of his conviction on October 14, 1994. {¶ 3} On November 20, 2018, 24 years after T.J.D. ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. MICHAEL S. MCCARTY

{¶ 1} Michael S. McCarty appeals from his conviction following a jury trial on one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OVI), a third-degree felony violation of R.C. 4511.19(A)(1). {¶ 2} In his sole assignment of error, McCarty challenges the legal sufficiency and manifest weight of the evidence to sustain his conviction. {¶ 3} The record reflects ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DUSTIN MERRICK

{¶ 1} Dustin Merrick pled guilty in the Greene County Court of Common Pleas to two counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications, two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, and one count each of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, and obstructing justice. The plea also addressed, among other things, the merger of allied offenses, the forfeiture o ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DE’ACAPONE T. HARRISON

{¶ 3} On March 18, 2019, the State filed a traffic ticket in the Fairborn Municipal Court, alleging that on March 16, 2019, Harrison had operated a 2005 Nissan northbound on SR-4 at 72 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone, in violation of R.C. 4511.21(D)(2). A window tint violation under R.C. 4513.241 was also alleged. The ticket set a court date for March 29, 2019, and ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JAMICHAEL L. HOWARD

{¶ 3} On January 22, 2018, friends of Charles Rayme were celebrating his birthday through an extended party that began in the early afternoon at the Western Manor Apartments in Dayton, known familiarly as “the Coast.” Howard’s younger half-brother, Michael Howard (“Michael”), lived on the third floor of building 1812 at the Coast. According to the testimony presented at trial ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. ROBERT O. HAYDEN

{¶ 1} Robert O. Hayden appeals from the trial court’s entry of summary judgment against him on his pro se “Motion to Void Judgment and Set Aside Conviction.” {¶ 2} Hayden advances two assignments of error. First, he contends the prosecutor deprived him of a fair trial in 1990 and violated Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 83 S.Ct. 1194, 10 L.Ed.2 215, by presenting perjured testi ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. EVA CHRISTIAN

{¶ 1} This matter is before us on remand from the Ohio Supreme Court, which recently reversed our decision in State v. Christian, 99 N.E.3d 887, 2017-Ohio-8249 (2d Dist.) (hereinafter “Christian III”). The Supreme Court has directed us to now address defendant-appellant Eva Christian’s sole assignment of error, which we had found to be moot based upon our holding in Christian I ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. ALIA WILLIAMS

{¶ 1} This case is before us on the appeal of Defendant-Appellant, Alia Williams, from her conviction, on her no contest plea, for attempted possession of heroin (100 unit doses but ˂500 unit doses), a third-degree felony. According to Williams, the trial court erred in denying her motion to suppress evidence. {¶ 2} After reviewing the record, we conclude that Williams’ co ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DANIEL T. SMITH

{¶ 1} Daniel T. Smith appeals from the trial court’s February 28, 2019 judgment entry of conviction, following his pleas of guilty, on one count of rape (by force or threat of force), in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(2), a felony of the first degree (Count 1), and one count of felonious assault (serious harm), in violation of R.C. 2903.11(A)(1), a felony of the second degree (C ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - OH)

Georiea Hawkins v. William Henry Sower and DJS Trucking Express, Inc.

Chicago, IL - Georiea Hawkins sued William Henry Sower and DJS Trucking Express, Inc. on personal injury, auto negligence and respondeat superior theories claiming to have been injured and/or damaged in a car truck wreck caused by Sower. This case was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, 2019-L-010842, and was removed to federal court by the Defendants. ... More $1 (08-07-2020 - IL)

United States of America v. Joshua Reedy

Madison, WI - The United States of America charged Joshua Reedy with felony possession of a firearm. On August 16, 2019, Eau Claire police officers found Reedy in the parking lot of a Goodwill store after receiving a complaint for a suspicious vehicle. At the time officers found Reedy, he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and was also in possession of a crow-bar and hunting knife. During a sear ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - WI)

United States of America v. Willie C. Wade

Milwaukee, WI - The United States of America charged Willie C. Wade, age 57, with wire fraud. According to court filings, Wade obtained $30,000 in cash from a cooperating businessman by falsely claiming that he was negotiating on behalf of a current Milwaukee alderman to accept a bribe in exchange for a vote in favor of a license to operate a downtown strip club. Court filings confirmed that ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - WI)

United States of America v. Mark Yampol

Chicago, IL - The United States of America charged Mark Yampol, age 57,w ith skimming money from federally insured facilities that had defaulted on mortgage loans to pay expenses of a non-federally insured facility. According to the indictment, Yampol controlled a portfolio of nursing homes in Illinois, including homes in the Chicago suburbs of Northbrook and St. Charles. The U.S. Department ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - IL)

United States of America v. Richard G. Simms

Springfield, IL - The United States of America charged Richard G. Simms with defrauding Kankakee’s wastewater utilities, Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) and the city’s Environmental Service Utility (ESU), of more than $2 million. According to the indictment, during the time of the alleged fraud, from 2014 through 2018, Simms served as executive director of KRMA, which was responsib ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - IL)

United States of America v. Shepard T. Hoehn

Indianapolis, IN - The United States of America charged Shepard T. Hoehn with 42 U.S.C. § 3631 for making threats to intimidate and interfere with his African-American neighbor because of the neighbor’s race and because of his use and enjoyment of his property, as well as two counts of violating 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) for unlawfully possessing firearms. “Although the First Amendment protects ha ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - IN)

United States of America v. John Buncich

Hammond, IN - The United States of America charged John Buncich, age 74, with wire fraud. Buncich was re-sentenced to 151 months imprisonment, 1 year of supervised release, $800 in restitution and a $35,000 fine. Buncich agreed to forfeiture in the amount of $38,000.00 as part of this federal prosecution U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Buncich betrayed the public trust when he took bribes for p ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - IN)

United States of America v. Robert Earl Tucker, Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA - The United States of America charged Robert Earl Tucker, Jr. with with three counts of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, one count of possession of a firearm by a person adjudicated as a mental defective, and one count of possession of ammunition by a person adjudicated as a mental defective. After a three-day trial before U.S. Chief Judge S ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - LA)

Golden State Seafood, Inc. v. Jamie R. Schloss

Golden State Seafood filed an action for malicious prosecution and unfair business competition against William Cohen (Cohen) and his attorney appellant Jamie R. Schloss (Schloss). The complaint alleged Schloss filed a prior lawsuit against Golden State Seafood on behalf of his client Cohen, knowing he lacked probable cause to bring the action. Golden State Seafood also alleged Schloss maliciou ... More $0 (08-07-2020 - CA)

STATE OF OHIO v. JEREMY L. MOODY

{¶ 1} Defendant-appellant Jeremy L. Moody appeals from his conviction, following a no-contest plea, for aggravated possession of drugs. Moody contends the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress evidence he claims was obtained as a result of an unlawful search and seizure. {¶ 2} Based upon our review of the transcript of the suppression hearing, we conclude the tria ... More $0 (08-06-2020 - OH)

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