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Jury finds Ronald Lee Pruitt, guilty of Felonious Assault...
August 10, 2006
Press Release For Immediate Release August 10, 2006

(Hamilton, Ohio) After 3 ½ hours of deliberating, a Butler County jury found Ronald Lee Pruitt, guilty of Felonious Assault, a felony of the 2nd degree and Illegal Possession of a Firearm in A Liquor Permit Establishment, a felony of the 5th degree. Both charges also carry a Gun Specification.

On January 22, 2006, Pruitt, a 44-year old Columbus man, and corrections officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, engaged in an altercation with an individual while at J&J’s Bar in Hamilton. Pruitt, who was carrying a concealed gun, shot at his victim eight times, striking him six times in the front and back.

Six days prior to the shooting at J&J’s Bar, Pruitt allegedly shot a co-worker, while in the employee parking lot after work. Pruitt’s trial in that shooting incident is scheduled to start on Monday in Franklin County.

Fortunately, both of Pruitt’s victims survived their gunshot injuries.

Regarding the jury’s verdict Prosecutor Piper stated “as a corrections officer Pruitt knew it was against the law to take a firearm into a bar. He deliberately picked a fight with the victim so he could shoot the victim and then try to claim some sort of self defense. The jury saw through the smoke and refused to be mislead as to Pruitt’s criminal intentions. The altercation in Columbus, was also an incident where he invited the altercation so that he could then use a gun. This pattern of behavior clearly demonstrates Pruitt is a very dangerous individual, deceptive and manipulative, and a severe sentence will be easily justified.“

Pruitt now faces 15 years incarceration when he is sentenced on September 13, 2006 at 8:30 a.m., before Common Pleas Judge Sage.

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