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2015 Annual Report
Overview
In 2015 the Clark County Prosecutor's office indicted, and prosecuted, 686 felony cases in Common Pleas Court, with 746 defendants indicted.  As part of these prosecutions, our office forfeited in excess of $106,186.71 from criminals. In addition, our Diversion Program accepted 33 felony cases, of which 25 cases were completed by the end of the year.  The Diversion Program successfully recovered $39,879.79 in restitution for victims of crime, and also cleaned graffiti at over 633 sites around the county.  In Juvenile Court, we prosecuted 1,075 new delinquency cases, as well as 127 adult contributing to the delinquency of a minor cases, and 432 traffic cases.  In addition, we prosecuted 231 dependency temporary custody cases, and 1 permanent custody case.  The Clark County Prosecutor's office also assisted in the collection of approximately $5,097,400 in delinquent real estate taxes, as well as the representation of 31 County agencies, 10 Townships, and the County schools.

Community Awards/Involvement
Mock Trial Team
Assistant Clark County prosecutor Megan Farley helped to coach the 2015 Springfield High School mock trial team.  The team learned how to prepare, and present a case at trial, and then acted as attorneys, and witnesses at a mock trial.

The Clark County Prosecutor's office implemented a Security Camera Registry Program in 2015, which adds another tool that law enforcement can use to keep Clark County residents safe, and to hold criminals accountable.  The process begins with a property owner filling out a form, available here, to notify law enforcement that they have security cameras on their property, and that they will assist law enforcement by reviewing their camera's images if they are notified that a crime has occurred in their area.  Their address is then entered into a secure database that law enforcement can review when a crime occurs.  If a registered security camera is nearby, the owner of that property will be asked to review their security camera images for the date and time of the crime, and see if any suspicious activity was captured by the cameras.  If it was, then law enforcement will review the images at a time convenient to the property owner, and use any information gathered by the images to try to apprehend the suspect.

drug take-back box
In 2015, the Clark County Prosecutor's office, through our collaboration with Cole's Warriors, collected 406 pounds of drugs at the Springfield Police Division drug take back box.  In addition, the Clark County Sheriff's Office box located at the Springview Government Center took in 220.5 pounds, the Enon Police Department box took in 93.22 pounds, and the German Township Police Department box took in 40.89 pounds of drugs.  The total of all of the boxes was 760.61 pounds for 2015, which brings the total amount of drugs collected to 2,771.99 pounds.  Also, as of March 7, 2016, the Cole's Warriors Drug Testing Program had conducted 116 drug tests at 6 different schools in Clark County during the 2015-2016 school year.

Criminal Division
In 2015, the Clark County Prosecutor's Office indicted, and prosecuted, 810 new felony cases.  In addition, the Prosecutor's office handled 71 appeals arising out of felony convictions.  Some of the criminal cases prosecuted in 2015 are listed below.

Davon Watters
In August of 2015, Davon Watters was found guilty of murder, felonious assault, discharging a firearm over a prohibited premises, and tampering with evidence.  Mr. Watters sentenced to a life sentence in the Ohio State Penitentiary, with the possibility of parole after 45 years.  On January 9, 2015, Davon Watters fired three rounds into a vehicle driven by Adonte Cherry.  One of the rounds struck the front seat passenger Marquise Whaley in the head, causing her death.  Mr. Watters fled the scene, and was taken into custody a short time later.

Jeffrey Ballard
Jeffrey Ballard, age 65, was charged with 31 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented materials, 2 counts of voyeurism, and 3 counts of tampering with evidence.  Ballard had installed a hidden camera in a bathroom outlet to record two minor females as they used the bathroom on multiple occasions.  Ballard eventually pleaded guilty to 4 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material as second degree felonies and one count of tampering with evidence.  Ballard was sentenced to 4 years on each of the illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material charges, and 12 months on the tampering with evidence charge.  The sentences were to run concurrent to each other for a total of 4 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Charles Heard
On June 10, 2015, at approximately 8:16 p.m., Charles Heard was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram southbound near the 2100 block of Springfield-Xenia Road.  He veered off the right side of the roadway and struck Tyree King, a thirteen year old, as Tyree was playing in his neighbor friend's front yard.  Charles Heard was observed driving erratically by a driver just prior to the crash.  He admitted to driving the Dodge Ram, and he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, along with glassy and bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  He also admitted to drinking prior to the crash.  His blood was .177 grams by weight of alcohol per one hundred milliliters (grams percent) of whole blood, which is over two times the legal limit to operate a vehicle within the State of Ohio.  He admitted that he was a "4" on a scale from 1 through 10, with ten being the drunkest he has ever been.  Charles Heard pled guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI, and was sentenced to the maximum sentence of eight years in the Ohio State Penitentiary, and his driving privileges are suspended for the remainder of his life.

Dorniel Cumberland
Dorneil Cumberland, age 25, was charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter.  These charges arose out of the death of Ni'zayah Saylor, age 11 months.  Cumberland had been watching Ni'zayah at the time of his death.  Ni'zayah's death was the result of multiple blunt force trauma, which was inflicted upon him shortly before his death.  Cumberland pleaded no contest to murder and was given a life sentence in the Ohio State Penitentiary, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.  

Timothy Withrow
On March 13, 2015, Timothy Withrow pled guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, and was sentenced to 18 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.  In an effort to fund his heroin addiction, Mr. Withrow robbed Doc's Drive Thru, and Subway on consecutive nights with a handgun.  At Subway, Mr. Withrow forced an employee back into the restaurant and made her get the money for him.  The robberies were caught on video, and the defendant's tattoos and shoes connected him to the crime.

Larry Hoskins
Larry Hoskins, age 65, was charged with nine counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of rape of a child.  Those charges arose out of Hoskins inappropriately touching four young girls who he knew.  Hoskins pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition and one amended count of rape as a first degree felony.  He was sentenced to two years on each of the gross sexual imposition counts, and three years on the rape count, which were ordered to be served consecutively for a total of nine years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Erin Mansfield
Erin "Nikki" Mansfield was tried for manslaughter in May of 2015 for the death of Todd Griffith.  Ms. Mansfield went to the campground on Snyder Domer Road and a verbal argument began between herself and Mr. Griffith.  During the argument, Mr. Griffith told Mansfield he was gong to push her into a "kiddie pool" to which Ms. Mansfield told him he better not.  Mr. Griffith pushed her and she went into the "kiddie pool" and was described as immediately coming out of the pool, tackling Mr. Griffith, and putting her hands around his throat.  Ms. Mansfield strangled Mr. Griffith until he was visibly purple according to witnesses who told her repeatedly to get off of him.  After a week long jury trial, Ms. Mansfield was found guilty on three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of voluntary manslaughter.  She was sentenced to eleven years in prison for her actions that led to the death of Mr. Griffith.

Chad Magnone
Chad Magnone, age 45, was charged with seven counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, four counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and nine counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented materials.  Magnone was a postal worker at the time of his arrest.  It was discovered that Magnone had multiple images of child pornography on a home computer.  Magnone pleaded no contest to two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.  He was sentenced to eighteen months on each of the illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material counts and six years on each of the pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor counts.  The sentences on the pandering counts were ordered to run concurrent to each other, and concurrent to the sentences in the illegal use counts for a total of six years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Raymond Zimmerman
Raymond Zimmerman, 17, pled guilty to murder with a gun specification, and aggravated murder in May 2015.  In January 2015, Zimmerman and co-defendant Robert Winbush, went to Zimmerman's uncle, William Henson's home in Clark County.  Mr. Henson was struck in the face and shot three times before the defendants took more than thirty guns from the home, along with other property.  After his arrest, Zimmerman escaped from the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, and, while attempting to flee the area, he entered the home of an elderly woman in Springfield.  Zimmerman forced her into her vehicle, and drove to his former apartment in Fairborn where he left her in the vehicle.  Zimmerman was arrested, and subsequently charged with aggravated burglary and kidnapping for his escape.  Both of Zimmerman's cases were transferred to the adult division of Common Pleas court, and he pled guilty to murder with a gun specification for the death of Mr. Henson, and aggravated burglary for his actions after escaping from juvenile detention.  He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 28 years.   

Robert Winbush
Robert Winbush, 19, was found guilty of 3 counts of felony murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, and theft of firearms in December 2015.  In January 2015, Winbush and co-defendant Raymond Zimmerman, went to Zimmerman's uncle, William Henson's home in Clark County.  Mr. Henson was struck in the face, and shot three times before the defendants took more than thirty guns from the home, along with other property.  After trial, Winbush was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 21 years.  

Terrence Victoria
The Clark County Prosecutor's office also assisted with a case on Terrence Victoria in federal court.  Terrence Victoria, age 30, was charged in federal court for being a felon in possession of a weapon.  Victoria was shot by a Clark County deputy after Victoria pointed a firearm at deputies in the parking lot of the Horseshoe Bar.  Victoria has previous convictions that make it unlawful for him to possess a firearm.  Victoria was released on bond from a Clark County criminal case of trafficking and possession of heroin at the time of this offense.  Victoria was sentenced to eight years in federal prison to run consecutive to the three and a half year sentence in the Ohio State Penitentiary that he received in the Clark County case.