Columbus man acquitted of causing deadly neighborhood shooting – The Columbus Dispatch | CarTailz

A 74-year-old Columbus man didn’t pull the trigger, but Franklin County Attorney Gary Tyack’s office charged him with causing a fatal shooting in 2021 by starting the confrontation.

It was unlike any case that former Franklin County District Attorney Ron O’Brien had ever tried in his 24 years, or that Columbus-area criminal defense attorney Samuel Shamansky had ever seen in his 37 years in the county.

“That was a ridiculous stretch,” Shamansky told The Dispatch.

Ultimately, a Franklin County jury didn’t buy the prosecution’s argument and on Friday acquitted Robert Thomas of involuntary manslaughter for his role in a confrontation that ended in murder in a residential neighborhood on the Far East Side on Father’s Day 2021.

At the same time, the jury found Thomas guilty of aggravated assault, which carries a maximum of 180 days in prison in connection with his actions that day.

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