Many major stories occurred in Marion County in 2021, but clearly exceeded all of them.
Marion County Judge Jason Werner’s Trial, Conviction and Judgment It was the top story of the year, chosen by Marion Starr readers and staff.
Warner, elected in 2018, was involved in a hit-skip crash in June 2020, injuring a 19-year-old man.
Despite a call to resign after the crash, Warner instead decided to take paid leave during the procedure.
Jason and Julia Warner were convicted in March Visit Judge Patricia Kosgrove. In April, each was convicted of one count of accomplices leaving the scene of the accident, four felony charges, and one count of accomplices to falsify evidence and three felony charges. The prosecution recommended both Jason and Julia the maximum imprisonment, but Kosgrove decided that the two would be sentenced to two years in prison at the same time.
Cosgrove said the main factor in this case was that both Warners left the vehicle after the collision, citing the testimony of multiple witnesses who said so. Not only did this remove significant evidence from the crime scene Jeep, but it also prevented law enforcement agencies from conducting blood alcohol tests to see if they had a driving disorder.
Marglet Tomalo of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Colton Gray, Victim of the Crash, And his mother Shannon Taylor.
In a statement by Taylor and Gray, they both said they were in favor of keeping Warner at the highest standards of law. Taylor said Warner left his son dead after the accident and she couldn’t start imagining the turmoil he was suffering and continued to suffer. Meanwhile, Gray said his life has not been the same since the accident.
In Gray’s life change, he said he would get a flashback on the night of the accident while still in the car. In addition, he said his mobility skills were still hampered, saying that it would affect him while doing recreational activities such as playing baseball. On the night of the crash, Gray had to be mechanically removed from his car by EMS.
After the trial, Warner appealed their conviction and was allowed to remain freely detained in the course of the appeal.But in late November The Court of Appeals upheld the convictionIn that decision, he said that sufficient evidence was presented for the conviction.
Warner was allowed to remain free in bonds when they appealed to them December lawsuit against Ohio Supreme Court.. It has not yet been decided whether the State Supreme Court will file a proceeding.
In November, Matthew P. Frelix, Judge of the Marion City Court, has been appointed to replace Warner. As Judge of the Common Pleia Court in Marion County by Ohio Governor Mike Dewein.
This article was originally published in Marion Starr: 2021 Story: Warner convicted after hit-and-run