LIMA — A young man who once was a suspect in the shooting death of a Lima man is headed to prison, but his stay there could be a short one.
Rasheign Tisdale, 24, was sentenced in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to 48 months behind bars for discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises, a felony of the third degree, and carrying a concealed weapon and theft, felonies of the fourth- and fifth-degrees, respectively.
While defense attorney Andrea Henning sought probation for her client, Judge Terri Kohlrieser said Tisdale’s lengthy criminal record — 10 criminal convictions, five each in juvenile and adult courts by the time he reached age 24 — show a pattern of disregard for the law. The bulk of those convictions involved thefts.
“This court is appalled at your record,” Kohlrieser told Tisdale. “You have a history of taking things that don’t belong to you.”
Kohlrieser said Tisdale will be eligible to request a judicial release after spending a relatively short time behind bars. “And I’m inclined to grant you an early release, but the ball is completely in your court,” the judge said. “Your behavior (in prison) will determine that.”
Tisdale accepted a deal from prosecutors in November in exchange for the state’s dismissal of four counts of felonious assault, all felonies of the second degree that included three-year firearm specifications, in a case that surrounded the shooting death of Anthony Bankston late in 2018.
Bankston, 25, was found dead on Dec. 29 on the sidewalk outside a known after-hours establishment at 904 S. Main St. that at one time housed a bar known as The Alamo. Three other people were injured in that shooting.
Prosecutors initially believed Tisdale was directly involved in that shooting, but Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Randall Basinger on Thursday said it was later determined that Tisdale, who was at the scene, discharged his firearm into the air and “did not harm anyone.” The prosecutor said he agreed wholeheartedly with a statement read aloud in court from Bankston’s parents that “gun violence in Lima has got to stop.”
Kohlrieser took it a step further while chastising Tisdale.
Jemonte McNeal, 25, of Pickerington, pleaded not guilty in March of last year to murder charges in connection with Bankston’s death. A jury trial is set for March.