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​​​​​​KEEPING RICHLAND COUNTY SAFE:  
Prosecutor Bishop & the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys take immense pride in trying the cases that come before the Richland County Common Pleas Court. The following defendants will be off the streets for a period of time, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Assistant Prosecutors in colaboration with local law enforcement. To demostrate these efforts, below are highlights of some significant cases:

Officer Assailant Guilty on All Counts. A Richland County jury returned guilty verdicts on all indicated counts against Bradley L. Brewer following a 4-day jury trial. Brewer was convicted of Attempted Felonious Assault of a peace officer (a felony of the 2nd degree), Felonious Assault of a peace officer (a felony of the 1st degree), Assault of a peace officer (a felony of the 4th degree), and Obstructing Official Business, creating a risk of physical harm to another (a felony of the 5th degree).

Officers from Mansfield Police were dispatched to Brewer’s residence in response to a disturbance call. Brewer went to retrieve his large, mixed breed dog from its kennel. Despite officer’s orders to stop and not to release the dog, Brewer released the dog and directed it to attack the responding officer. The dog attacked the officer, biting him in the right shoulder and rib areas. Brewer the fled into the residence. Upon entering the residence, Brewer struck the officer in the face.
 
Brewer will be sentenced April 29th before Judge Phillip S. Naumoff.
 
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Zushin and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher secured justice by prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio. 

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 27 Years. (Mansfield News Journal) Following a 3-day jury trial, a Richland County Jury returned guilty verdicts for eight felonies and three misdemeanors against Deshawn Dowdell. Dowdell was sentenced April 1, 2019 to a cumulative 27 years for the various drug and weapons offenses including trafficking in heroin (a felony of the first degree), Possession of heroin in excess of 100 grams (a felony of the first degree), aggravated trafficking in drugs (a felony of the second degree), aggravated possession of drugs (a felony of the second degree), illegal manufacture of drugs (a felony of the second degree), illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (a felony of the third degree), having weapons while under disability (a felony of the third degree), possessing criminal tools (a felony of the fifth degree), resisting arrest (a misdemeanor of the second degree), obstructing official business (a misdemeanor of the second degree) and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor of the fourth degree).
 
Dowdell possessed more than 500 grams of heroin, more than 600 grams of fentanyl and several other materials used in the manufacture of drugs. Most of the evidence in the case was discovered during a warrant service by Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and METRICH related to Dowdell’s pending murder trial.
 
The careful coordination between law enforcement agencies has removed deadly drugs and another individual who distributed them off the streets. A special thanks to The Northern Ohio Violence Fugitive Task Force, METRICH, Mansfield Police Department Detective Bureau and Mansfield Police Department Lab for skillful police work in apprehending Dowdell and investigating the case. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher secured justice by prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio.
   
Khairi Bond Receives 18-year-to-Life Sentence in Murder of Nolan Lovett. On Monday, March 25, 2019, a jury returned a guilty verdict of murder with a gun specification in the killing of Nolan Lovett. The jury deliberated for approximately 3.5 hours following a 5-day jury trial. The charges stem from a May 3, 2018 confrontation at the home of victim Nolan Lovett. Following a confrontation at the house, Bond shot his gun 3-4 times, striking Lovett once in the chest, in front of three eyewitnesses. The Defendant then fled on foot, captured on nearby security camera footage.

The defendant was found guilty of causing the death of another as a proximate result of committing or attempting to commit a felony offense of violence (Murder - R.C. 2903.02(B)) and acquitted of Murder 2903.02(A), both indicted counts relating to the purposeful killing of Nolan Lovett. The Defendant was sentenced to 18-years-to-life imprisonment; 15-years-to-life for the murder count plus three years for a gun specification.

The case was investigated by Mansfield Police Department, Detective Bushong and Detective Miller investigating. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Olivia Boyer secured justice by prosecuting the case for the State of Ohio.
  
Out of State Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 11-year Prison Term following I-71 Traffic Stop. On March 13, 2019, Michael Noteboom was sentenced to 11 years incarceration following pleading to a nine-count indictment including trafficking in cocaine as a major drug offender (felony of the first degree), possession of cocaine as a major drug offender (felony of the first degree), trafficking in heroin (felony of the second degree), possession of heroin (felony of the second degree), possession of LSD (felony of the fifth degree), aggravated possession of drugs – methamphetamine (felony of the fifth degree), aggravated possession of drugs – amphetamine (felony of the fifth degree), possession of schedule III drugs - buprenorphine (misdemeanor of the first degree), and Illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor of the fourth degree).

The indicted offenses stemmed from a traffic stop initiated for speeding on Interstate 71 in Richland County. The vehicle appeared to have two front seat passengers and the back was stacked with luggage, coolers, and miscellaneous items. Upon contacting the driver, the State Trooper detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. This gave the Trooper probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search, it was discovered that Noteboom was concealed in the backseat of the vehicle, hidden by various luggage and items in the car. A trove of drugs, individually packaged and prepared for sale, were discovered in and among Noteboom’s possessions. A drug scale and additional packaging materials were also found in his possession. Also on Noteboom’s person were a variety of needles and a kit used to inject drugs.

This 9-count conviction is the direct result of excellent police work by the Ohio Highway State Patrol. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kassim Ahmed and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher secured justice by prosecuting the case for the State of Ohio.

Officer Assailant Sentenced. On March 8, 2019, following a two-day jury trial, defendant Justin Trotter was convicted on all five counts tried, including Attempted Felonious Assault (felony of the second degree), Assault (felony of the fourth degree), Obstructing Official Business (felony of the fifth degree), and two counts of Vandalism (felonies of the fifth degree). The victim in the case was a peace officer in the course of his official duties, raising the severity of the attempted felonious assault and assault charges. Trotter was sentenced to 9 years in prison with 493 days of post-release control. Trotter was also ordered to make restitution to the Richland County Commissioners and assessed court costs. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher secured justice by prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio, making our community safer.

Shawn Grate Sentenced in Two Richland Co. Murders. (Fox 8 Cleveland) On Friday, March 1, 2019, following extensive investigation and trial preparation, Shawn Grate plead guilty to one county of aggrivated murder, one count of murder, and two counts of gross abuse of a corpse in this deaths of Candace Cunningham and Rebekah Leicy. Grate was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possiblity of parole, 17 years to life, and 1 year for each count of gross abuse. These convictions are in addition to Grate's murder convictions in Ashland County in 2018. Prosecuting Attorney Gary Bishop and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher secured justice for these victims and our community in this case. 

Drug Trafficker convicted on 13 counts. On Friday, January 11, 2019, following a three day trial, defendant Jermaine Cotton was convicted 13 counts, including Trafficking of Cocaine, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Drugs, Aggravated Trafficking, and Tampering with Evidence. Jermaine Cotton was sentenced to 14 years and 9 months in prison. Good work to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jamila Mitchell for prosecuting the case for the State of Ohio and making our community safer.

Drug Trafficker recieves 4 year prison sentence. He was found guilty by a jury of trafficking in marihuana, aggrevated possesion of drugs, and possession of cocaine. Good work Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecuting Attorney J. Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and making our community safer. 

Bank Robber Receives 27-Year Sentence After Deadly Pursuit (from WMFD). Good work to Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecuting Attorney J. Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case and for the victims in this case.

Child rapist sentenced to 30 years to life in prison (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work to First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher who prosecuted this case for the state of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

After a 2-day trial in Judge James Deweese's courtroom, a Richland County jury found Kedrick Kelly GUILTY on all counts. He was convicted of felonious assault (F2), tampering with evidence (F3) & possession of a deadly weapon while under detention (F4). He was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Good work to First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney  Jodie Schumacher who prosecuted this case for the State of Ohio and the victims in this case. 

Former Clear Fork coach sentenced to 8 years for sexual offenses (from Richland Source). Good work to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Olivia Boyer for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victim in this case. 

Man sentenced to 8.5 years in prison after Mifflin Township shooting  (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Chief Criminial Attorney Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

Man violates probation on child porn charges, gets 5 years in prison (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work  Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Emily Hall for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

Ex-Children Services spokesman pleads guilty to theft of computer services  (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Prosecuting Attorney Gary D. Bishop for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victim in this case. 

Man who broke into church and struck pregnant woman gets 10 years in prison (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Raymond "Kelly" Hamilton for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

Judge: 'The only way to keep females safe from Mr. Waugaman is to impose the maximum' (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amanda James for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victim in this case.

Lindsay sentenced to 27.5 years in prison for attempted murder (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work to First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodie Schumacher for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

'Outrageously reckless:' Willard man who caused fatal wreck will spend 7 years in prison (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Chief Criminal Attorney Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and for the victims in this case.

Man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison in robbery, kidnapping case  (from Mansfield News Journal). Good work Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amanda James for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio and the victims in this case.

After a two-day trial in Judge Brent Robinson's courtroom, a Richland County jury found Mansfield resident Paul Heald GUILTY of possession of herion and trafficking herion, both Felonies of the First Degree. He was sentenced to the mandatory maximum of 11 years in prison for having 297.5 grams of herion laced with fentanyl. Chief Criminal Attorney J. Brandon Pigg represented the State of Ohio and the citizens of Richland County in this matter.

Verdict: 'Guilty'. Walter Renz Found Guilty On All 7 Charges  (from WMFD-TV) Good work to First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jodie Schumacher and Chief Criminal Attorney, J. Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio, the family of Patsy Hudson and the citizens of Richland County.

A Richland County Jury found Mansfield resident, Jessie Wilson GUILTY of possession of heroin & possession of cocaine, each a 2nd degree felony. He was sentenced to the maximum of 8 years in prision & ordered to forfeit $542.00 to the State of Ohio, and this defendant will not be eligible for judicial release. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amanda James represented the State of Ohio and the citizens of Richland County in this matter.


Employee of the Month (April): 

​​ Alicia Harris

Past Year:
Stephanie Manuella-Beckley (March)
Jenelle Foss (February)
Matt Metcalf (Janunary) 
Kassie Thomas (December)
JC Elgin (November)
Jamie Akers (October)
Joseph C. Snyder (September)
Jodie Schumacher (August)
Steve Wildermuth (July)
Olivia Boyer (June)
J. Brandon Pigg (May)
  



Richland County Prosecutor Gary Bishop is proud to serve as a member of the Richland County Opiate Board . If you or someone you care about is struggling with opiate addiction, please reach out by calling 211 or the crisis line at 419-522-HELP(4357)

To Victims of Crime: Your Rights are Worth Protecting!
"Obedience to the Law is Liberty"
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The office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Richland County strives to ensure that all victims and witnesses in criminal cases receive fair and courteous treatment during the course of criminal prosecution. I believe that victim/witness assistance is a major responsibility of my office and pledge our support to victims and witnesses of crime.
Gary D. Bishop
Richland County Prosecuting Attorney