Dunn's father: Outcome is best for family, community

Matt Dunn would have liked nothing more than to see his son's killer handed the death penalty.
Jessica Cuffman
Aug 27, 2012

Matt Dunn would have liked nothing more than to see his son's killer handed the death penalty.

But after sitting through a day-long hearing in the case Thursday, he agreed with his other family members.

It was time to give prosecutors the go-ahead to cash in their greatest bargaining chip.

With Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter agreeing to dismiss the death penalty, Kevin Randleman on Friday agreed to plead guilty to aggravated murder in the death of Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn.

The arrangement effectively spared the Dunn family months of anguish, as they'd been awaiting the start of Randleman's trial in October.

Immediately after Randleman's guilty plea, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"It's a relief. It's good for us. It's good for the community," Matt told the Register after the hearing. "It's not the outcome I wanted personally, but it's what's best for the whole big picture. It took a lot of convincing from them."

Read more reaction from Randleman's plea, including from Andrew Dunn's mother, Roberta, pick up Sunday's Register.

Comments

44846GWP

Ever watch Lock Up on MSNBC? Hardly a "mini country club".

Doug7880

 I'm with Mr. Dunn, It's not the out come that I wanted to hear. But It's not the outcome that Randleman should have received. He should never take another breath. Of course that's just my thoughts. At least our county don't have to put any more money into this waste of human skin.

HaRley44

 It's to bad that the taxpayers have to support this piece of crap But knowing he can never get parole is a little comforting. The Dunn family does not deserve to go through a trial where the dash cam video could be shown . I am very glad for that I personally think that should have been his sentence after the first murder he committed...RIP 2083

cockynurse

I have a lot of respect for the Dunn family.  People have different views and there's always morons who think murdering somebody-especially a police officer-can be justified.  I pray the family does get some closure.  This horrible act has touched so many.  Just a week ago, I asked my 8 year old son what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I was expecting him to say a ninja or race car driver.  He replied with, "I want to be a police man".  A couple of his friends from the neighborhood were over and said "why do you want to be a police officer?".  He answered, "so I can catch the bad guys for Andy".  Andy has left a legacy that will live on.  He is a hero to children that he never knew.  

mrjsiah

 Give me a break matt dunn is a big part of what is wrong and will be wrong with city. Once again i am sorry that Andy's Mom and wife and kids had to suffer this lost !

KnuckleDragger

No Mrjsiah, you overt racism and blatant disrespect for authority are what is wrong with this city.  The problem is people like you leading our young people to believe that it is ok to kill a cop.  People like you make me sick.  No wonder Sandusky is such a cesspool, you are a perfect example of the trash that runs rampant in the city.

angrybeagle

 As a retired police officer I can fully understand the pain this family has endured and all involved are glad it is over.  Unfortunately no penalty provided to Mr. Randleman will ever be enough.  He will go to prison, get three meals a day $2.00 health coverage, exercise equipment, free clothing and laundry services, free cable tv, free haircuts, visits by family if he has any, $20.00 a month spending money and the safety and security of a cell all provided by law abiding taxpaying citizens of the State of Ohio.  Sure, he will never get out, but the life this scumbag led on the streets, this prison life will be like a resort.  Prisons are no longer designed to make criminals pay for what they did it is now like a mini country club.  After a while he will get used to a routine and forget all about the disaster he left for the Dunn family and the City of Sandusky.  Mr. Randleman may you rot in hell.  God Bless Andrew Dunn and his family.

Gardenman

If the family is ok with the outcome and find peace why should I think differently. While they will never fully heal in the loss maybe they can find some peace now in this outcome.

 

 

angrybeagle

 As a retired police officer I can fully understand the pain this family has endured and all involved are glad it is over.  Unfortunately no penalty provided to Mr. Randleman will ever be enough.  He will go to prison, get three meals a day $2.00 health coverage, exercise equipment, free clothing and laundry services, free cable tv, free haircuts, visits by family if he has any, $20.00 a month spending money and the safety and security of a cell all provided by law abiding taxpaying citizens of the State of Ohio.  Sure, he will never get out, but the life this scumbag led on the streets, this prison life will be like a resort.  Prisons are no longer designed to make criminals pay for what they did it is now like a mini country club.  After a while he will get used to a routine and forget all about the disaster he left for the Dunn family and the City of Sandusky.  Mr. Randleman may you rot in hell.  God Bless Andrew Dunn and his family.

tk

 

@ mrjsiah says, This was neither the time nor place for your comment.  If that's the best you can do, then kindly keep your opinion to yourself.

 

Swamp Fox

mrjsiah, you and your attitude is what wrong not only in Sandusky but in this country, Andy Dunn is a hero and you are a waste.

Woody Hayes

Angrybegal, you are right on with your comments. As a father of a police officer, I will be writing a letter to Rex Damschroder who is the representive of my district to introduce a law that would make the death sentance mandatory for causing the death of a police officer, no matter if your IQ is 1 or 1000.  

Sal Dali

@ Woody Hayes...I think you're going to have A LOT of support on that one. I wish you the very best with getting such a law passed. I knew Randleman and evidently before he got burned out on whatever it is because I don't remember him as he is depicted in these videos since this began. If a person is responsible enough to demishish their own mental capicity by doing drugs, then they should be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law when they murder anyone, ESPECIALLY an office of the law. I understand that the victim's family wants to get through the healing process and avoid reliving the loss of their one through a trial; your idea should cure that. It would also take the burden off of the shoulders of the victims families of making a life and death decision for the accused. Unlike the offender in this case, the Dunn's clearly have a conscience and made their decision based on morality and religious belief's, whereas the justice system would have likely sentenced him to death...the just punishment for what he did based on the law...all else aside. And that's the way it aughta be. Maybe more people like this guy would learn to respect law enforcement...like it or not.

justinsane0208

 my heart goes out to the andrews family. i still do believe that death penalty should have been imposed on this dirtbag. its shows that our country is growing weak. when a spade of his character can slay an officer of the law and only get life. when he gets to whatever prison he will be idolized as a hero to the underworld of prison dirtbags.

justinsane0208

 so for however long he lives lets do the math. hes got atleast 30yrs left. so thiry yrs x 30000 a yr roughly. god bless our taxpayers that pay for the some 3million incarcerated in our prison systems

mrjsiah

 And I stand by my comment. matt dunn has created alot of the attitude blacks have in sandusky about the police so swamp like it or not i dont give a damn .

Swamp Fox

mrjsiah, maybe their attitude along with yours should look inward and exam their own behavior.  Continue to blame others for your own shortcomings and fail to take responsibility.  Your comment is indicative of an extremely small number of the community that share you opinion which clearly indicates a dangerous racist attitude.

eightballcuet1

I just hope this brings some closure to the Dunn family so that they can move on with thieir lives.

seenocolor

"It's a relief. It's good for us. It's good for the community," Matt told the Register after the hearing. "It's not the outcome I wanted personally, but it's what's best for the whole big picture. It took a lot of convincing from them."

If the Dunn family is ok with the sentencing, it does not matter what I or anyone else thinks.  This is their family and their decision.

As a community, we may or may not agree but the decision was not ours to make.

Rip Officer Andrew Dunn

The Dunn Family, I will keep you in my thoughts.

 

 

deertracker

You people cack me up trying to silence those you disagree with. That's not how it works!!!!!

wiredmama222

@deertracker.......right on. 

mimi's word
If you are breaking the law whether it is riding a bike with no light, speeding, selling drugs, or murdering someone the police have EVERY RIGHT to stop you not only for your protection but for the community. That is their job. That is what we pay them to do. If you do not like it don't break the laws and it won’t be such a problem. I am not saying every police officer is right. However, if you do not play by the rules then it is YOUR OWN FAULT when there is a problem. I get so tired of hearing "well they just bothered him because he is black" and then you look at his record...he doesn't abide by the laws not just once or twice.  He brought this on himself. It is not harassment if you continually do not abide by the laws...
My Opinion is...

Okay, so Andy's dad thinks it's the best outcome for the community, but I'm more concerned with Andy's wife's feelings on the matter. She's the one who has to raise two little boys without their father. Randleman's family can go to the prison to visit him, but Julie has to take her sons to the cemetery to visit their father. Hardly fair in my opinion.

deertracker

Geez Knuckle, tell us how you really feel!   Overt racism?   Didn't qute get that but whatever! 

KnuckleDragger

@deertracker. I really don't care whether you got it or not.  After reading several posts from you almost defending a convicted murderer (yup its official now) you are about as messed up as mrjsiah.  I really have nothing more to say to you.

deertracker

Don't talk, READ!  You don't even get it.  You always scream racism when there was none in his comment.  Maybe his experiences are different than yours.   If you can comprehend as well as read you have to know I did not defend Randleman's action.  People like you think you know all there is to know but YOU DON'T!  You sit in judgement like you are all that but you are just nobody.  Get over yourself dude, really.  Grow up too!

Cogito ergo sum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrjsiah

 We know according to you all blacks are messed up. Why dont you tell the truth about were you really work and stay in Herion county . Knuckehead fits you better. Everybody that has anything to say really dosent know the real matt dunn, Like i said once again IM SORRY FOR ANDY'S MOM AND WIFE AND KIDS but i will not say im sorry for a man like matt dunn .

Julie R.

Saturday's paper made it sound like it was the Dunn family that went to Kevin Baxter and asked that the death penalty be dismissed, yet in this article Matt Dunn said it took a lot of convincing from THEM before his family agreed to it. I also ~ once again ~ don't think Randleman even comprehended what he was pleading to and I sincerely hope that doesn't come back to bite anybody.  

Browndog271

mrjisah,  you have the brain of a flea.  This is a very tradgic event.  Riding a bike with a gun is not a good idea.  I am sorry the state did not bring out the old electric chair for him

deertracker

I'm with Julie on this one, which is it?   You guys are really putting it to mrjsiah.  Ease up,  it was just an opinion....geez.....lol

LabMan

What I think I read was the defense offered up this plea deal a month ago and obviosusly Matt was holding out for the death penalty, and he then finally said to go ahead and accept it.

I take it " them" is the rest of the family.

ritt

has anyone heard the saying : "talking out of both sides of your mouth".........................?

 

KnuckleDragger

@ritt, I'm sure deertracker has heard of it, or at least he should have since he does it frequently :)

deertracker

Try looking up the word "comprehension".  We all know who the liar is!

KnuckleDragger

Which definition deertracker the actual definition which is  perception or understanding, or the bleeding heart definition that seems to define comprehension as however an individual "FEELS" something to be.

My perception is that you were at least mildly supporting the notion that Randleman wasn't guilty.  That is the way I "FEEL."  I am also able to comprehend that you usually talk out of both sides of your mouth.  Try rereading some of your past posts.  Honestly, I had a bit more respect for your opinions than I do now. 

As someone who was working in the ER that night and was part of the Trauma team that worked hard in an attempt to save him, of course I am going to take offense to someone whose posts lead me to believe that they think Randleman may have been justified in taking that young mans life.  Regardless of whether you think he is mentally challenged or not.  Are you able to COMPREHEND that?

Super Judge

 WAIT A MINUTE! You work at the ER too? I was off that night but this means we know each other!

LabMan

I have to agree with Knuckle. Deertracker comes on here and it appears he is playing devils advocate, and that is fine, but then when Randleman himself pleads guilty he still feels there is more to the story. Do you think his lawyers would let him roll over if that video did not prove he started and finished the confrontation? You are no different than Traci except you do not put it in print.

Super you are just a jerk.I would l love to have the pizza party and meet you.

Super Judge

 Any time you like, the pizza is on me. I think we should all meet up sometime. Whats wrong with that? 

Ned Mandingo

Why wont they release the tapes? If it was a officer who shot and killed someone the tapes would be released. I just looked at footage of officers killing someone today on yahoo. Why is it different because this officer lost a gun battle? what makes it different?

Wait i remember he was a "hero" because he was out saving us from the criminals with no lights. 

ritt

Agree with Labman and knuckle guy. 

For you Ned ~ just what exactly would releasing the tapes accomplish????   Said it before, will say it again.  The court system has a responsibility to carry out the law........not a responsibility to fullfill your morbid curiosity or the curiosities of those like you.  How would you feel if it was your son?  Dad? family member??  Oh wait......it was a simple gun battle......and your Dad lost.....stupid me.  Far worst things could happen you know. 

Super Judge

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deertracker

I don't give a fudge brownie how any of you feel.  It is not my fault if you have no real comprehension skills.  I never once defended Randleman's action and challenge any of you "bleeding hearts" to quote me where I did.  There is more to the story and call it a morbid curiosity if you want but I just want to know what happened out there.  That in no way suggests Andy did anything wrong.  You guys want to silence those that may not be as dismissive as you. Yes, I like crime stories and murder mysteries but I am and always have been a law abiding citizen and just like you I have first amendment rights.  Don't be naive, his lawyers were paid by taxpayers and they did the best they could do under the circumstances but it's the people they really defend.  Don't get it twisted!  This all could have been settled months ago with the exact same outcome.  Why the resolution all of a sudden?  Everyone expected this guy to go to prison, yes, even the black community, but it does not mean a person cannot ask a question. My GUESS is Tone called them in his office and told them to get on with settling this case.  Tone is a good man and a fair one.  Yes, I know him.  You can equate me with Traci all you want but YOU DO NOT KNOW ME and if I felt the same as she I would put it in print.  I said what I said and I stand by it.  If you don't like it........oh well!  All you did that night Knuckle was your job, it is your employer that owes you, not me.  The only timeI ever used the word "justify" or "justification" is when I said there is no justification for shooting any law enforcement officer.  Have one of your kids read this to you if you can't comprehend what is written above!

PUNKYDUDE

Well said 

angrybeagle says i could not have said it better my self.
Ned Mandingo

I THINK RELEASING THE TAPES WOULD ELIMINATE A DOUBLE STANDARD. POLICE DEPARTMENTS HAVE NO PROBLEM SHOWING TAPES OF WHEN THEY GUN SOMEONE DOWN. VIDEO FOOTAGE OF POLICE SHOOTING A MAN IN NEW YORK WAS ONLINE THE NEXT DAY. THE CASE I'M REFERING TO IS WHEN BOTH OFFICERS UNLOADED THEIR MAGAZINES AND HIT NINE CIVILANS WITH THEIR CARELESS SHOOTING.