LIMA - A man sentenced to life in prison for the 1990 murder of a Bath High School student will not have to be sentenced a third time, according to a court ruling filed this week.
Richard Joseph agreed to waive a hearing to be advised of $10,504 in fees associated with his case. While the point may seem minor, the law required visiting Judge Randall Basinger inform Joseph, which he failed to do when Joseph was sentenced a second time in the kidnapping and murder of Ryan Young.
Joseph filed a motion to waive the fees and the court granted it. He also has been found indigent since he is an inmate with no money.
A second man, Jose Bulerin, was convicted in the murder and received a life sentence. Both men have parole eligibility but each was recently denied.
Joseph was sentenced a second time after a federal appellate court tossed his death sentence due to a misplaced word in the indictment that later was corrected.