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Archive for Saturday, October 28, 1995

TWO OTTAWA YOUTHS SENTENCED IN SHOOTING

October 28, 1995

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— Sentencing hearings were held this week for two youths charged last month after a fatal shooting in Ottawa.

During earlier court hearings, Nicholas Griffin, 16, Ottawa, and Kenneth R. Heth, 16, Ottawa, each were found to be juvenile offenders on a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.

Assistant Franklin County Attorney Bob Kuchar said that on Thursday, Griffin and Heth were ordered to complete a supervised probation program through the county's community corrections program. Once that program is completed, both are to be placed on probation through Franklin County's Court Services Office. That probation is to continue until they reach the age of 18.

Kuchar said both also were ordered to spend an additional 30 days on house arrest and pay court costs and fees. Griffin also was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service work. Heth is to complete 100 hours of community service work.

The sentence imposed by the judge followed a recommendation made by the county attorney's office, Kuchar said.

Authorities say Griffin and Heth are among nine youths implicated in the Sept. 24 fatal shooting of Stephanie Perez, 14.

The shooting occurred after the youths went to the Perez family's apartment to start a fight with Stephanie's brothers, whom the teens considered rival gang members. Stephanie died after being shot once in the chest.

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