In August, after he pleaded guilty to killing Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn, Randleman was placed into a van and shipped off to an entry point in the state’s prison system.
Ohio has two dozen prisons. Randleman was screened and placed into Mansfield Correctional, one of the larger institutions and home to about 2,500 inmates.
More than 2,000 of the inmates are classified as close security — level three of five in the Ohio prison system — while another 400 are deemed minimum security. About 30 are maximum security.
Early on the morning of March 19, 2011, Randleman shot and killed Dunn at Tyler Street and Hayes Avenue, after the officer stopped him as he was riding his bicycle.
Randleman’s guilty plea came unexpectedly, on the second day of a three-day hearing that was supposed to determine his mental disabilities.
He opted to plead guilty to aggravated murder, but only after Dunn’s family agreed to let prosecutors take the death penalty off the table.
The hearing’s outcome would have determined if Randleman could be sentenced to the death penalty, had a jury ultimately convicted him.
In exchange for Randleman’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend he be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone agreed with the sentence.
Had there not been a plea agreement, the case would have gone to trial next Monday, and it would quite likely have lasted several weeks.