SEPTEMBER 3, 2021—A Logan County jury today found Brandon A.M. Risner guilty on the charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 58 additional criminal charges arising from a multi-county crime spree in late July and early August of 2020.
The crimes included multiple counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, and theft. The jury found Risner guilty of stealing identification and credit cards in Darke County, a pickup truck and motor vehicle titles in Auglaize County, and receiving a ATV stolen in Shelby County. The jury also found him guilty of having weapons under disability stemming from a gun found by law enforcement in his hotel room in Allen County.
In Logan County, the jury found Risner guilty of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other offenses in connection with a break-in at Benjamin Logan Schools in August of 2020. The jury also found him guilty of burglarizing a Logan County couple and stealing approximately $15,000 they had saved for retirement.
The jury deliberated for approximately 9.5 hours before it reached its verdict.
Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Warrant represented the State of Ohio during the trial. Risner was represented by defense counsel Sam Usmani of Warren & Hall in Bellefontaine, Ohio and Samantha Berkhofer of Springfield, Ohio.