George Hiotis

Mejias Sentence Appeal Denied

by George Hiotis on December 13, 2012 at 3:43 am

The 5th District Court of Appeals has ruled a 10-year sentence will stand for a man convicted in a fatal stabbing in Zanesville.  42-year-old Raymond Mejias was given the sentence this past April in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court by Judge Kelly Cottrill in connection with the 1988 death of Jeffrey Harris of Zanesville.  The case goes back to a party Harris and Mejias were attending at 1222 West Main Street when a fight broke out resulting in a stab wound to the stomach of Harris, who later died of his injuries.  Mejias was found by authorities in 2011 in New York City where he was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence.  In its opinion the Court stated that the ten year sentence was neither unlawful nor was it an abuse of discretion.  Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox is pleased that Majias’ sentence was upheld.  He says it brings closure for the Harris family which has been dealing with this case since 1988.