LIMA — A Lima man who police say shot another man in the leg during an altercation earlier this year at Harry’s Hideaway in Lima intends to have his case heard by a jury of his peers.
Oliver Jackson, 49, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Thursday and rejected a plea agreement offered by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines that would have resulted in two of three counts of felonious assault against Jackson be dismissed. The offer expired at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Jackson’s attorney, Jerry Pitts, said his client would not accept the deal. It was the second time in more than four months that a plea offer was declined by Jackson. He was indicted by a grand jury in May on three counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies that each include specifications for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jackson was also charged with a third-degree felony count of having weapons under disability.
The charges stem from a shooting on Feb. 29 at Harry’s Hideaway, 1452 N. Cable Road, in Lima. Stephen Snyder, 39, of Lima, was shot in the leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries in the incident.
Two eye witnesses reportedly have identified Jackson as the man who shot Snyder. Police said the business and two cars were also struck by gunfire.
Jackson is scheduled to stand trial beginning Dec. 14.