Galion man sentenced to 3 years in prison

BUCYRUS — A two-vehicle crash in May has landed a Galion man in prison for the next three years.

Phillip D. Turner II, 46, 390 Brandt Road, pleaded guilty in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Monday to one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony. Two other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Those charges include operating a vehicle under the influence and a second charge of aggravated vehicular assault.

According to a report from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office regarding the crash on May 6, Turner was traveling west on Brandt Road when he failed to stop at the intersection at North Market Street. Turner’s pick-up truck went airborne and landed on an eastbound Jeep driven by 24-year-old Russell Brown of Shelby.

Turner and Brown were taken to Galion Community Hospital, along with a passenger in Brown’s vehicle, 19-year-old Miranda Kelly of Galion. Since Turner is still undergoing physical therapy from injuries sustained in the crash, Judge Sean Leuthold will allow Turner to report to the Crawford County Justice Center at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 so he can complete his therapy before being transported to prison.

Leuthold ordered Turner to pay a $5,000 fine and issued a lifetime driver’s license suspension. Turner will be placed on three years of community control upon his release from prison and must complete an alcohol and drug treatment program.

Another Galion man is heading to prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Jerimiah D. Cottrell, 31, 520 Beardsley Road, admitted to snorting cocaine and opiates while on community control from a fifth-degree possession of drugs conviction in 2015.

Leuthold sentenced Cottrell to nine months in prison, followed by three more years of community control.

Aaron Keister, 36, was sentenced to 59 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, and having weapons under disability, a third- degree felony.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, a charge of burglary and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug abuse instruments were dismissed.

Leuthold sentenced Keister to three years in prison for having weapons under disability, 11 months in prison for the first charge of possession of drugs and one year in prison for the second count of possession of drugs. The sentences are to be served consecutively for a total of nearly five years in prison.

If a motion for judicial release is filed and Keister’s record in prison is good, he may be moved to a community-based correctional facility to finish serving his sentence.

Ronald Agin, 24, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a third-degree felony.

Leuthold sentenced Agin to four years in prison on the burglary charge and to nine months in prison for theft. The sentences are to be served consecutively.


Phillip Turner II Turner II

Jeremiah Cottrell Cottrell

Aaron Keister Keister

Staff report