Madison County Correctional Institution scuffle leads to loss of eye, felony charges


By Erin Thompson - ethompson@civitasmedia.com



A former Madison Correctional Institute inmate is facing new felony charges less than a week after being released from prison for allegedly beating up another inmate.

Andre Martin, 29, was arraigned Wednesday in Madison County Common Pleas Court on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Last December, Martin was waiting to use the telephone at MaCI when another inmate allegedly cut him in line, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

Feeling “disrespected” by the fellow inmate, Martin allegedly assaulted the victim. The victim now has several chipped teeth and lost his left eyeball as a result of the attack, according to Adkins.

Adkins said Martin is a repeat, violent offender. He has a criminal history that includes several felony convictions, including a felonious assault charge.

Because of his history, Martin faces up to 18 years in prison for the offense. Adkins requested a significant bond, saying that Martin poses a flight risk due to the potential of a lengthy sentence

Judge Eamon Costello agreed with Adkins and set bond at a significant $100,000.

Martin, who was released from prison March 10 and indicted by a grand jury the same week, has been in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail since his release.

He remains at the jail unless bond is posted.

Martin will appear in court again April 14 for his informal pretrial hearing.

Also in court Wednesday:

• Mandy Ellis, 33, of London, appeared for her informal pretrial hearing. She is charged with five counts of fifth-degree felonious drug trafficking.

She is currently out on bond and will appear in court again April 14 for her formal pretrial hearing.

• Kohl Krick, 22, of Ashville, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony.

He is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $15,000. He will appear in court again April 14 for his formal pretrial hearing.

• Collin Reber, 20, of London, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing. Reber is charged with two counts of theft and one count of forgery, all fifth-degree felonies.

Reber allegedly stole a credit card from a friend and made unauthorized ATM withdrawals in addition to stealing and forging a check, according to Adkins.

He will appear in court again April 14 for his formal pretrial hearing.

• Michael Riggle, 41, of Reynoldsburg, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with two counts of fifth-degree felonious possession of drugs.

Heroin and crack cocaine were allegedly discovered during a traffic stop.

Riggle is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000. He will appear in court again April 14 for his formal pretrial hearing.

• Marshall Lee White, 18, of London, appear for his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with theft and misuse of a credit card, a fifth-degree felony and a misdemeanor, respectively.

White will appear in court again April 21 for his formal pretrial hearing. He is currently out on bond.

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By Erin Thompson

ethompson@civitasmedia.com

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616 ext. 1615.

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