Attorneys for Ohio school shooter seek sentence reduction

Posted at 11:16 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 11:16:19-04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a convicted school shooter has argued before an appeals court that a judge improperly used promotional material for a drug prescribed to the teen before giving him the maximum sentence of more than 23 years.

The Springfield News-Sun reports Stephen Hardwick, an attorney for 19-year-old Ely Serna, also told the three-judge panel Tuesday at the Second District Court of Appeals that Champaign County Judge Nicholas Selvaggio should have considered Serna's age when he sentenced the teen in May 2018.

Serna pleaded guilty the previous month to attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic. Serna used a shotgun to wound two students at West Liberty-Salem High School in January 2017.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi argued Tuesday that Selvaggio's sentence was proper.