February 11, 2016

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UPDATED: Raider receives mandatory 18-to-life prison sentence in fatal shooting of roommate

A picture of Brandon Smith and his son Ryder Smith is shown during the sentencing of Ryan Raider, background. Raider was sentenced to 18 years to life for killing Smith.

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider sat with his eyes downcast as the family of Brandon Smith, the man he fatally shot in the head in 2013, called him a coward and a traitor just before he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Raider, 27, declined to make a statement before Lorain County Common Read More…

Burge lacks peer backing for judgeship run in Bar Association poll

ELYRIA — Four years ago when he ran for re-election, former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge came highly recommended by the members of the Lorain County Bar Association, but this year he wasn’t recommended at all. “That’s quite a blow,” Burge said Tuesday after the Bar Association released the results of its judicial Read More…

UPDATED: Fine pleads guilty to aggravated murder, avoids death penalty

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Albert Fine appears in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, to plead guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

ELYRIA — Albert Fine will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, a fitting sentence for him, Hoholski’s family said after Fine’s court appearance Monday. Fine, 33, entered a plea during the hearing to charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and other charges for the June 28, 2012, attack Read More…

Panel of judges chosen to decide murder case

ELYRIA — Accused killer Albert Fine waived his right to a jury trial Wednesday and instead will let a panel of three judges decide his fate when he goes on trial next month on aggravated murder and other charges that could send him to death row if he’s convicted. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Read More…

Plea deal rejected for former Lorain Service Director Gilchrist

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist will have to go on trial next month on marijuana charges if he hopes to avoid a felony conviction after a county judge Monday rejected a request to place the former public official in a drug treatment program. Gilchrist and his attorney, Michael Stepanik, had hoped that Read More…

Jury finds man guilty of murder in roommate’s death

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Brad Dicken and Jon Wysochanski | The Chronicle-Telegram ELYRIA — A jury found Ryan Raider guilty Wednesday of murder and felonious assault charges for fatally shooting his roommate, Brandon Smith, once in the head over what prosecutors described as his desire to win the affections of Smith’s girlfriend. The jury cleared Raider, who stood stone Read More…

Firearms expert: Accidental discharge ‘absolutely’ possible in fatal Avon shooting

ELYRIA — A defense firearms expert testified Tuesday that the semiautomatic pistol Ryan Raider was carrying when he shot his roommate in 2013 could discharge accidentally. “Absolutely,” Jason Thomason replied when defense attorney J. Ross Haffey asked him if the gun would fire if it was dropped. That was a far different answer than was Read More…

Medical experts disagree on distance in fatal shooting as murder trial continues

ELYRIA — The distance that Ryan Raider was standing away from his roommate when he allegedly shot Brandon Smith in the head was the subject of dueling experts Thursday during Raider’s murder trial. Defense attorneys haven’t denied that Raider was holding the gun just before it went off Oct. 12, 2013, but they have insisted Read More…

California man cleared of 2010 marijuana charge

ELYRIA — More than five years after he was arrested along with two other men during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike, a jury has cleared a California man of a marijuana possession charge. Defense attorney Brent English said his client, 41-year-old Tung Kha, was acquitted of the single charge against him on Tuesday. Read More…

Police: Avon slaying shown in the details

ELYRIA — The death of Brandon Smith originally was investigated as an accident, but the more police looked into the fatal shooting, the more the evidence didn’t match that scenario, Avon Police Sgt. Bryan Rado testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Ryan Raider. When police arrived at the French Creek Road home Smith, 29, Read More…