Leave Feedback

Sandusky County has pattern of public abuse

Matt Westerhold • May 12, 2013 at 7:18 AM

History is the teacher. Click the links.

In 2007, inmate Craig Burdine died at the Sandusky County jail after being repeatedly electroshocked by guards, deputies and Fremont police officers using Tasers. 

In early 2011, a 26-year-old sleeping man, Bryan Jones, was killed by Sandusky County deputies who used high-velocity ammunition in high-capacity weapons they weren't even authorized to carry that tore off his arm when they killed him. BCI, the state crime lab, suggested he committed suicide by cop but didn't explain how a sleeping man could do that. 

In early 2012, a schizophrenic inmate at the Sandusky County jail denied her medications was allegedly sexually exploited for hours by jackboot guards who gratified themselves taking advantage of her and were later paid $5,000 each in agreements drawn up by the county prosecutor's office that included secrecy provisions apparently designed to protect others.

Currently, Sandusky County judges Barabara Ansted and John Dewey, court administrator Brock Kimmet, county prosecutor Tom Stierwalt, coroner John Wukie, sheriff Kyle Overmyer, detective Sean O'Connell, special prosecutor and defense counsel for the county Dean Henry and BCI all have seemingly contributed to a credibility gap that exists with regard to the county's multiple investigations of the killing of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios on March 2, 2012. 

History is the teacher and given the pattern — of just the known abuses — public officials from Sandusky County likely should sharpen their rhetoric because another family will be victimized soon by this incompetence and the refusal to acknowledge or address it. 


Today, tomorrow, next week or next month, it will happen this year. 

Another family will call out.  

Another family's legitimate concerns will be ignored, for as long as it takes county officials to craft a legal position that suggests plausibility where none exists, or for as long as it takes and with whatever it takes to wear down that family and quiet their protests.

Every public office — from BCI to the AG's office, the Ohio Supreme Court to the U.S. Attorney for Ohio, the FBI, the Justice Department, and every public agency in between — that looks away from the problem is part of the problem.

Recommended for You