EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Who Killed Suspected Burglar Will Not Face Jail Time
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Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 23, 2013 2:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013 4:20 PM EDT
Athens , Athens County , Ohio
An Athens County man who was charged in the death of a man who was suspected of burglary will not face jail time.
Randy D. Richmond, 39, of Glouster pleaded no contest Tuesday to reckless homicide and negligent homicide, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said. Keith Rutter, 33, of Glouster died on June 30 after being shot.
The Athens County Sheriff's Department said it received a call from a woman who said that a man was outside her home and her husband was searching for him. Deputies said another caller claimed he shot an intruder. Deputies arrived on the scene to find Rutter dead.
Detectives said Richmond told them Rutter was suspected in several burglaries in the neighborhood. Richmond told deputies he saw the suspect near a relative's home that had been burglarized three times. Richmond said he grabbed a rifle, followed the suspect into a wooded area and shot him, deputies said. Deputies said Richmond claimed he only wanted to prevent Rutter from leaving.
No charges apparently were ever filed against Rutter in the neighborhood burglaries. The prosecutor told Rutter's mother, however, that he "wished he had the opportunity to put Rutter in prison, but no case file had been presented to his office."
In a news release, Blackburn said Richmond was not justified under the Castle Doctrine for self-defense when he shot Rutter.
On Tuesday, Richmond appeared in Athens County Court for a plea hearing. Richmond was ordered to remain a law-abiding citizen, complete 60 hours of community service, pay $1,000 in restitution and keep in contact with a supervising officer. The court will keep Richmond's plea in abeyance for three years. If he violates any of the conditions, he could face five years in prison.
An Athens County man was shot and killed after being suspected of burglarizing a home.
Keith Rutter, 33, of Glouster died Thursday. The Athens County Sheriff's Department said he is suspected of burglarizing a neighbor's about 11 a.m. Thursday on Taylor Ridge in Glouster.
Witnesses told detectives they saw the suspect walking near the burglarized home. Detectives said a relative of the homeowner saw the suspect leaving the home and fired shots. Rutter died at the scene.
The identity of the shooter was not released. Detectives are continuing to investigate.
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