Opinion: Limberios prosecutor Dean Henry has thorny dilemma

Matt Westerhold
Mar 11, 2013

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. 

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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. 
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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.

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Comments

WhatTheHeck

Matt, if your paper would have kept your noses out of it, it would not have become such a headliner that sells the paper for you. Ever think of using your noodle once in awhile? Sometimes you should look at the big picture not just the big sales number.

luvblues2

That comment makes absolutely, no sense whatsoever.

Julie R.

Why would the newspaper keep their noses out of it? I agree --- that doesn't make a bit of sense.

Kottage Kat

Matt,
Keep the journalistic pressure on
Thank you

JUSTICE 4 JAKE

BM536

WhatTheHeck..... Really, can you be that "STUPID" ! Had it NOT been for the SR The Sandusky County OFFICIALS would have just swept their latest MISTAKES and LACK OF POLICE KNOWLEDGE AND INVESTIGATIONAL KNOW HOW under the rug like they ALWAYS do! All involved in these LIES and cover ups need to be held responsible for their actions ! And remember one thing "WhatTheHeck" at the end of the day A young man who was a father a son and a future husband will now NEVER BE NOW and it was NOT at the hands of himself. Imagine if this was your child or family member before you post anything else!

3M TA3

Agree 100%. Jake's family and friends also deserve a lot of credit too. Without their tenacity, I doubt we'd be this close to finding out what really happened.

mhs parent

I couldn't agree more. Thank God the SR picked this story up, had they not, Sandusky County would still be trying to bury their heads in the sand. I really do not understand how Henry can be the special prosecutor and Sandusky County lead council at the same time. Wow really, I would say that is a bit of a conflict of interest. The whole thing makes me sick. Jake and his family deserve Justice. Thank you SR for your part in getting them this far.

Darkhorse

It is hard to believe that officers are allowed to distroy evidence and botch up an investigation. What is the motive behind by not properly investigating?

Centauri

"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."

What experience does Dean Henry have as a "special prosecutor" and if he had experience as a prosecutor, I would like to know where. The powers that be use all kinds of trickery.

Dean Henry defended a former prosecutor by the name of Donald J. Guernsey who had a hidden camera in a woman's restroom in his law office. Guernsey was facing about 10 years in prison but he got community control instead. Visiting judges can work wonders for the powers that be.

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Centauri

Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan also used Dean Henry as a "special prosecutor" to go after Elsebeth Baumgartner.

http://statecasefiles.justia.com...

Mulligan had the option of calling in a special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General's office to investigate.

Centauri

Here is a similar case where the powers that be try to use their own private "special prosecutors" for desired results instead of calling in the Ohio Attorney General to investigate.

http://rtandrews.blogspot.com/20...

Commenter

Keep the pressure on. Maybe one of these days they will all do the right thing, admit their mistakes.

luvblues2

So, Centauri...Do you imagine that Dean Henry is trying to keep this quiet as long as possible to let the "ruckus" die down? I do. How can one be a prosecutor and defender in the same case, anyway? That makes no sense.

Ithink

Remember who we are dealing with. Barney Fife-the police, and Andy Taylor was sheriff AND judge.

luvblues2

"Your Honor, I would like to call myself to the witness stand and be questioned by me. I will provide the mirror."

Simple Enough II

Okay, what if the truth be told Jacob caused his own death with the improper handling of the firearm, what do we say then?

Commenter

If Sandusky County had properly done their job, they may have known this from the beginning. Simple - Have the CORONER actually VIEW the body - and send it for an autopsy. If Sandusky County Officials had DONE THEIR JOB in the first place, this would probably not be happening!!!
I wish the coroner would speak out as to how he ruled the death without seeing the body. Why did they just take KIDS word for it? You have 4 kids, a gun and alcohol, 1 of those kids is dead. Really? You aren't going to do a little more police work than they did?

JHudson320

Dr. Wecht proved that Jake could not have physically been holding the gun himself.. So your question is pretty irrelevant.

luvblues2

How far are you behind in reading about this case, Simple Enough II?

dchalee220

How can it be legal for Dean Henry to play this dual role? Laws must be changed to prevent this sort of thing. Unbelievable.

luvblues2

This will not be let go anymore than the Steubenville Rape Trial.