On Tuesday, Muskingum County Prosecutor Ron Welch posted a press release on his Office’s Facebook page updating his community on three Columbus brothers who ambushed a Zanesville man last year after complaining to one of them about a dope house they ran across the street from his home.
In the two-page statement, Prosecutor Welch wrote, “Juan McConnell had multiple interactions with the Franklin County judicial system which failed to punish him for selling drugs, illegally possessing weapons, violently assaulting women and shooting into the homes of others. The lessons he learned from his previous interactions no doubt contributed to the choices he made on March 1, 2021. Muskingum County will not commit the errors that plague other larger justice systems.”
Prosecutor Welch says that McConnell lured Robert Gladden out of his home on the night of March 1, 2021, with McConnell’s brothers, Terrel and Jamarr, lying in wait.
Prosecutor Welch says that Jamarr McConnell fired 23 shots at Gladden, with one of the shots striking Gladden in the arm.
Terrel and Jamarr McConnell both cuts deals with the prosecutor’s office and are serving sentences of 16 ½ years and 26 ½ years, respectfully, at the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC).
Juan McConnell refused to cut a deal and went to trial. A jury found McConnell guilty of attempted murder, felonious assault, discharging a firearm into a habitation, and discharging a firearm over a roadway. A Muskingum County judge sentenced Juan McConnell to serve 36 ½ years at ODRC.
As Prosecutor Welch pointed out, Juan McConnell, 31, has a long and disturbing criminal past in Franklin County.
In 2008, McConnell pleaded guilty to attempted burglary. The court placed McConnell on community control for 18 months.
In 2010, McConnell pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm into a habitation. The court sentenced McConnell to four years at ODRC.
In 2019, McConnell pleaded guilty to attempted domestic violence. The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office dropped kidnapping and felonious assault charges. The court placed McConnell on community control for three years.
In 2019, McConnell went to court on a 2018 case and pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs. The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office dropped possession of drugs and having weapons while under disability charges. The court placed McConnell on Risk Reduction Supervision for a year.
In 2020, McConnell pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (fentanyl-related compound). The court placed McConnell on Risk Reduction Supervision for three years.
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