Defendant pleads guilty to sex crimes




A Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court to two sex crimes committed against a young girl, and Judge Mark S. O’Connor sentenced another defendant two two years’ prison for drug-related crimes.

Jonathan Kramer, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

He was arrested last April after deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office received allegations the defendant had abused the seven-year-old girl over a two-month stretch at an Indian Lake area residence.

He will be labeled a Tier III sexual offender when he is sentenced May 19.



• Jason Brandon, 28, of Springfield, was sentenced to two months in prison for trafficking in drugs. He’s twice been the subject of drug possession and trafficking indictments handed up by a Logan County Grand Jury.

He was arrested once in April of 2013 by officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department smoking marijuana inside a vehicle at 308 W. High Ave. A subsequent search of the suspect and his car that day turned up 19 capsules of heroin, 2.2 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Officers also seized a cell phone and $231 in cash.



Also sentenced were:







• Matthew Fisher, 44, of West Mansfield: 10 months in prison for trafficking in drugs;

• Taish Wellnitz, 34, of Zanesfield: six months in Logan County Jail, five years’ intensive community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for assault Man charged after fleeing deputies during arrest;

• Matthew Bugg, 21, of East Liberty: five years’ community control, the probation incentive program, 200 hundred hours of community service and ordered to pay attorney fees and court costs for failure to provide notice of address change;

• Jerry Nelson, 29, of Russells Point: two years’ community control and ordered to pay restitution, court costs and attorney fees for passing bad checks;

• Dominic Purnell, 29, of Bellefontaine: pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs, and was sentenced to two years’ community control, and was ordered to pay restitution, court costs and attorney fees for passing bad checks;

Other defendants pleading guilty were:

• Joseph Neil, 21, of West Liberty: unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft and forgery and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program; and



• Aaron Mertz, 34, of Bellefontaine: breaking and entering. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for May 19.