LIMA — A Lima man charged with rape on Tuesday accepted a deal from prosecutors identical to one he had rejected just five days earlier.
Buck Asmann, 21, will be sentenced in late September (an exact date has not yet been set) after pleading guilty to a single count of first-degree felony rape on Tuesday. A second rape charge, along with one count of tampering with evidence, was dismissed by the state in exchange for that guilty plea.
Asmann was in court last Thursday and was moments away from accepting that same offer from prosecutors before telling Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed that he needed additional time to consider the prosecutor’s proposal.
Asmann was arraigned June 20 on an indictment that alleges that on or about April 15 of this year he “did engage in sexual conduct with another … by force or threat of force.”
Further details of the case are not available after Lima Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh ordered the affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for Asmann to be sealed, based on the belief that the release of that information “could seriously jeopardize the investigation, as well as prejudice all parties involved in the case.”
Asmann faces a maximum of 16 1/2 years in prison under Ohio’s new mandatory “indefinite” sentencing guidelines for rape cases. His actual time behind bars is expected to be considerably less than that maximum, Allen County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Reed explained during Tuesday’s hearing.
The new guidelines call for a minimum of 4 1/2 years in prison. Asmann will be designated a Tier III sex offender and will be required to register with the authorities every 90 days for the rest of his life. He will also be required to serve a mandatory five years on parole following his release from prison.
Asmann was represented by court-appointed attorney Carroll Creighton. The state was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Sturgill.