JUNE 3, 2021—Judge Kevin P. Braig of the Logan County Court of Common Pleas today sentenced James A. Blackburn to an indefinite term of 12-to-15 years in prison. Previously, a Logan County jury convicted Blackburn of three felonies, two 3-year firearm specifications, and one misdemeanor in connection with an incident on November 23, 2020, in which Blackburn fired shots into the home of his daughter and son-in-law after Blackburn had consumed a large amount of whiskey.
Judge Braig sentenced Blackburn to 6-to-9 years under the Reagan-Tokes Law for his conviction on unlawfully discharging a firearm into a habitation, a felony of the second degree. The Court also sentenced Blackburn to prison terms on his convictions for felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree, and using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Based on the jury’s verdict that Blackburn brandished his gun at the time of the shooting, Ohio law required the Court to impose two 3-year prison terms to be served consecutively to the prison terms imposed for the crime.
“Logan County residents have the right to be secure in their homes,” Judge Braig said at the sentencing hearing.
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart represented the State of Ohio at the hearing. Prosecutor Stewart recommended the Court sentence Blackburn to a prison term of 13-to-17 years. Defense counsel Griff Nowicki, of Urbana, Ohio represented Blackburn.