October 25, 2014

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Attorney gets Hashman house

Rest of jailed man’s assets will go to neighbor he shot

ELYRIA — If Paul Hashman gets out of prison, he won’t be heading back to his former home on Woodland Avenue.
The house now belongs to attorney Mike Duff, who defended Hashman in his criminal trial last year on attempted murder and felonious assault charges for shooting his neighbor, Darrell Oskins, in January 2004.
Duff was awarded 519 Woodland Ave., valued by the county auditor at $66,500, and $7,500 in cash for the legal services he provided to the 85-year-old Hashman.
Hashman was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of felonious assault and is now serving a seven-year prison sentence.
That leaves Hashman with about $200,000 in assets that will be transferred to Oskins and his family, who settled a civil suit against Hashman for $20.5 million earlier this year. Last week’s agreement to let Duff take the house as payment ends the legal wrangling over whether Hashman signing the house over to Duff to cover his legal expenses would stand up in court.
“We’re happy that resolves what would probably have been another year of litigation,” said Thomas Sheehan, an attorney representing Oskins.
The Oskins never expected to collect the full amount that was awarded to them in the settlement, because Hashman didn’t have that kind of money, Sheehan said.
“No amount of money is going to compensate for what they’ve been through,” he said.
Duff said he was pleased that his agreement with Hashman survived court challenges, including a decision by former county Common Pleas Judge Lynett McGough that denied him the house.
“It’s done. It’s put to bed,” he said, adding that he hasn’t decided whether to sell the house.
Even now, Duff is fighting for Hashman.
Duff still is appealing his client’s conviction, citing prosecutorial misconduct and county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery’s decision not to allow Hashman’s adult daughter, who has Down syndrome, to testify.
The shooting was the culmination of a feud between Hashman and Oskins that began when Oskins built a garage on his property in 1998 that Hashman believed obstructed his view. The two families squabbled for years, involving the police several times, before Hashman shot Oskins several times as he was using a snow blower on his sidewalk.
During the trial, Hashman testified that Oskins had charged at him with the snow blower, while Oskins, who underwent more than 50 surgeries and racked up more than $1 million in medical bills, said Hashman just came outside and began firing with a .22-caliber revolver.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.