OTTAWA — Jacob Rader, of Leipsic, was arraigned on one count felonious assault, a second-degree felony, Thursday at the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas with Judge Keith Schierloh presiding.
The police allege on Oct. 14, 2017, at the Buckeye Club at 110 S. Main St., Miller City, Rader knowingly caused serious physical harm to Brandt Landin. Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Beachic said the reason the charge was felonious assault and not assault was because of the seriousness of the injuries done to the alleged victim.
The charge of felonious assault encompasses physical damage resulting in injuries causing, “something of prolonged pain or disfigurement,” Beachic said.
Schierloh began the proceedings asking Rader if he was aware of the charges being brought against him and if he had been served with the warrant issued for his arrest Friday, March 16. Kelton Smith, Rader’s attorney, told Schierloh Rader had not been served with a warrant, nor had he been aware one had been issued until seeing himself posted on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Wednesday.
“He turned himself in before he was even served,” Smith said.
Smith said Rader had always intended to appear in court for his arraignment and was never on the run as the sheriff’s office suggested on its Facebook post.
Schierloh order a small recess so Rader could be served with the warrant for his arrest before proceeding.
Rader was released on his own recognizance with court orders to reside at a specific address, avoid all contact with the alleged victim, no consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs, refrain from prescription drugs without a prescription from a medical professional, report to supervising officer before 4 p.m. Monday, March 26, and he was ordered to appear for all hearings.
A pre-trial hearing was set for 2 p.m. April 16, at the Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
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