Stay away from Redfern

Court modifies terms of plea in alleged burglary of state rep.'s home
Alex Green
Aug 20, 2014

 

green@oc-register.com

Stay 500 feet away from State Rep. Chris Redfern.

This was a modified term of Alexander Reitzel's diversion after he accidentally bumped into Redfern twice in July, according to his attorney Tom DeBacco.

DeBacco met with Ottawa County assistant Prosecutor Joe Gerber and visiting judge Dale Crawford on Tuesday when Gerber withdrew a motion to have Reitzel's diversion revoked.

"It went fairly well," DeBacco said.

It was a glowing remark from DeBacco compared to his many criticisms of the prosecution of this case over the past several months.

Reitzel was indicted last December on two counts of attempted burglary when he was found on Redfern's property, which at the time was for sale. Reitzel ultimately signed an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt.

Throughout the proceedings, DeBacco has said he had never seen a case like this, and called it "politically motivated" due to Redfern's political stature.

Redfern has also been highly critical of DeBacco saying he should be "ashamed of himself."

 

Comments

Lil DAB

Are there more details that could make this "story" more substantial? Accidentally bumped? In court? Church? Neighboring property-walking to the mailbox?
Gerber had made a motion to revoke a diversion? Huh?
Is this case still ongoing?
Inquiring mind--✂--cutting to the 'chase' :-)

Justme...

Agree...what is a "motion to revoke a diversion"?

Babo

I suspect it has to do with being at the Catawba Island Club at the same time as both families are members. A 500 foot buffer zone would effectively preclude Reitzel from being in the clubhouse in the marina or maybe even on the golf course at the same time as Redfern.

meowmix

Reitzel was placed on "Diversion" a program that is run by the prosecutor's office. It is similar to probation but at the end of serving time on diversion and sucessfully completing it, you have no criminal record. If you screw up though, the prosecutor can at any time take you off the program, i.e. revoke it, and then you get sentenced for the original charge.

Louise

Only a judge determines who is a candidate for the diversion program, and it is run by the adult probation dept. However, you are correct that once the program is successfully completed, the record is expunged.

meowmix

Not in Ottawa Co. Louise. The Prosecutor's office are the ones who decide who and who doesn't get to participate in the diversion program. They are then supervised by the Adult probation department, the same as if they were given probation instead.

MrSandusky

Can I have someone draft a motion to force Redfern to stay 500 feet away from any political office?

idgara53

Where do I sign?

Unassumer

I'll sign that one too!

meg a

That would be awesome!

Babo

Splendid idea and we need to include a ban on the Mrs and her lobbying too.

Lil DAB

Ralph J.

Redfern does a disservice to all Democrats. IMO, Redfern is an arrogant pompous person and who is not liked by many. One has to wonder how many Democrat candidates lost elections because of his actions and his pompous personality.

MrSandusky

While I, and most everyone I have talked to agree, he seems to keep getting elected. I have no idea how, but he does...

downthemiddle

Let's hope plenty...

But democrats don't think.... they just set the lever toward the donkey and pull....

wetsu

Who are you voting for in the governors race?

Unassumer

unfortunately there are so many arrogant and pompous people in Port Clinton/Catawba and in politics, that it wouldn't do much good to not elect just one.

Louise

Sounds as if this article was leaked by Team Redfern. True, Alex Reitzel is to stay 500' away from the Redferns- but for whose protection? The Redfern's got their hands slapped and were told to back off from Reitzel- a special message for Mrs. Redfern who has waged a nasty letter writing campaign against him.

Babo

The docket for the case indicates the state sought to call people from the Crow's Nest Restaurant Bar for the hearing to revoke diversion. That suggests that this is where Reitzel "bumped" into the Redferns twice apparently. I don't know maybe the kid works there or hangs out there and or the Redferns hang out there and are looking to run into him to create trouble.

It seems ridiculous to me and I'm interested in hearing more about the nasty letter writing campaign by the Mrs. Sounds like she's not very stable (being wife#2 to Chris who can blame her) and Reitzel might need to ask for a CPO against her.

DickTracey

I'm interested in her letter writing also.

Can someone get ahold of one and email to Alex Green, author of this article. His email is at the top of the story.

Louise

It was the attorney for the defendant who had witnesses from the Crew's Nest on behalf of Alex Reitzel.

Lil DAB

Do tell us more, Louise! :-)

Louise

Maybe Mr. DeBacco can help you get your hands on the letters

meg a

The judge must have seen no reason to revoke the diversion, so Mulligan's office backed off. I don't trust Mulligan or Redfern though. What will they try next? Can the Reitzel kid even leave his house? Redfern could be anywhere.

Lil DAB

Thanks for the clarification, meowmix and Babo! Now the article makes sense. Yesterday's Young &Restless soap has a similar storyline with a kid getting a diversion. The kid was in court for "accidentally" shooting the police chief and much MORE believable storyline than this real life situation of a kid turning a door knob on property with a for sale sign in the front yard!
jsmdh

amusedNdanbury

Wait. Isn't the house in Catawba for sale and unoccupied? Doesn't R return to his "state" home after visiting the area? Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Redfern reside in different homes in different cities, don't they? The young man and CIC have nothing to fear, except the reference to Mrs. R's letter-writing maybe.

amusedNdanbury

Wait. Isn't the house in Catawba for sale and unoccupied? Doesn't R return to his "state" home after visiting the area? Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Redfern reside in different homes in different cities, don't they? The young man and CIC have nothing to fear, except the reference to Mrs. R's letter-writing maybe.