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Opinion: Limberios prosecutor Dean Henry has thorny dilemma

Matt Westerhold • Mar 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Dean Henry, the special prosecutor in the dual role of defending Sandusky County officials in a lawsuit brought by the family of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios against the county while also investigating the roles those same officials played in the initial and subsequent criminal investigations of Jacob's death, has some tough hurdles to overcome when the report of the latest, last and best criminal investigation gets released.

Jacob Limberios was killed March 2, 2012. Deputies allowed evidence to be destroyed in earlier investigations and the county refused to order an autopsy immediately after Jacob died after being shot in the head. Sandusky County coroner John Wukie ruled the death a suicide that "might have been accidental."

The current criminal investigation has been wrapped up and a report was delivered to Henry. The report has not been made public. 

The Register will post Henry's final report of the latest criminal investigation here at sanduskyregister.com as soon as it is made available by Henry. 

One big challenge for Henry are the conflicting statements he and lead investigator, Sandusky County sheriff's deputy Sean O'Connell have made. 

O'Connell previously stated in an email that there were "major inconsistencies" in statements from witnesses inside the home the night Jake was killed.

Dean, however, appears to disagree with his own investigator.

"All of the witnesses say (Jake) took his life by discharging the firearm. They have been absolutely consistent in their material statements," he told a Cleveland news reporter.

Click here to read past stories. 

Click here for the e*Paper or buy a Register at a newsstand near you to find out what Henry told the Register, or didn't tell, about his plan going forward.

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