Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Common Pleas Court

October 7, 2013 - 6:51pm
45 weeks 1 day ago

One of the most brutal cases in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. before Judge Kelly Cottrill.

The panel of jurors has been selected for 34-year-old LaFonse Dixon, the man accused in the gruesome murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman of Canton, Ohio. On August 26th 2012, a driver found Fronsman on State Route 208 near Adamsville, she was covered in burns and had a strap around her neck. She died from her injuries two days later.

June 6, 2013 - 7:54am
1 year 10 weeks ago

An appeal by Muskingum County Prosecutors Office to not retry a woman convicted of drowning her two young sons is denied by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court sided with an appeals court to allow the retrial of 27-year-old Kasey Klein. The State Appeals Court ruled in January that the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court wrongly denied a defense effort to have Kasey and her husband Richard Klein Junior's case tried separately.

The Klein's each were convicted of...

September 24, 2012 - 4:26pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

A Zanesville man is sentenced to three years in prison for sex charges.

Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Fleegle handed down the sentence to 49-year-old David Dicks for two charges of gross sexual imposition.

A jury found Dicks guilty of the charges in August. The offenses occurred in 2003 and 2004.

Judge Fleegle also ordered Dicks to be classified as a Sexually Oriented Offender.

September 10, 2012 - 5:04pm
1 year 49 weeks ago

A Zanesville man pleads guilty to rape and kidnapping.

Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court 44-year-old James Rhodman admitted to both charges. The incident happened in June of this year.

Judge Kelly Cottrill classified Rhodman as a Tier III sex offender, which means he must register every 90 days for life. Judge Cottrill also ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Bond is continued at $500,000.

August 29, 2012 - 5:18pm
1 year 50 weeks ago

A Dresden man appeared in court Wednesday on sex charges.

32-year-old Matthew Gross pled not guilty to two counts of first-degree felony rape in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.

According to court records, the alleged incident occurred in June of this year.

Judge Kelly Cottrill continued Gross' bond at $50,000.

July 16, 2012 - 6:43pm
2 years 5 weeks ago

Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court , 29-year-old Ryan Taylor of Fultonham was sentenced to prison by Judge Kelly Cottrill.

Taylor had previously pled guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of theft in connection with robberies in April at Zanesville gas stations.

Police say within a few hours, Taylor robbed both the Speedway on Blue Avenue and the Duke and Duchess at the corner of Maple Avenue and Brandywine Boulevard.

Judge Cottrill sentenced him to...

May 9, 2012 - 5:29pm
2 years 14 weeks ago

A Zanesville woman who was originally charged with attempted murder pled guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.

45-year-old Dyanne Stewart pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says Stewart was arrested in January after shooting three times at a male. The victim was not injured.

Judge Mark Fleegle ordered a pre-sentence investigation in...

May 2, 2012 - 5:34pm
2 years 15 weeks ago

A 72-year-old Zanesville man was in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Wednesday facing 33 felony charges.

Kali Suntoke pled not guilty to all 33 counts of pandering an obscenity involving a minor. According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office the offenses occurred in March of this year.

Judge Mark Fleegle continued Suntoke's bond at $500,000.

April 30, 2012 - 5:03pm
2 years 16 weeks ago

The father of one of the boys who went missing in the Muskingum River last summer has pled guilty to an unrelated sex charge.

30-year-old John Tullius pled guilty to gross sexual imposition Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. In return for his guilty plea two rape charges and one gross sexual imposition charge will be dropped at sentencing. He will be classified as a Tier II sex offender. Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Last June,...

April 23, 2012 - 5:47pm
2 years 17 weeks ago

A Philo man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for multiple felony charges.

35-year-old Jason Thompson had previously pled guilty to seven charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, Thompson received the four-year-sentence from Judge Kelly Cottrill.

Judge Cottrill also ordered Thompson classified as a Tier II sex offender once he is released. That means he must register with authorities every 180 days...

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