Judge denies expungement request


Former Madison County Common Pleas Judge Robert Nichols denied the expungement request of a former London resident Thursday.

Shawn Hurley, who was convicted of assaulting an off-duty London police officer in 2008, was sentenced to six months in Tri-County Regional Jail the same year.

Hurley said he wanted the record sealed in order to help him to gain employment without the misdemeanor conviction.

The victim said in a letter to the court that he objected to the expungement request, citing two facial surgeries that he had to undergo because of the resulting injuries and sinus problems that he currently has because of the injuries.

He also cited psychological damage done to his family at the time.

“The assault continues to haunt me and my family,” the letter said.

The victim said Hurley made no efforts to apologize, and did not appear remorseful through any of the proceedings.

Hurley apologized to the victim in court, and said that he and the victim were once friends.

“I have truly ruined a great relationship with him and his family,” Hurley said.

Also in common pleas court Thursday:

• Franklin Horne, 27, of West Jefferson, attended a community control violation hearing. He admitted relapsing on heroin.

Horne’s community control sentence was extended two years, and he was placed on the Naltrexone program, a drug that blocks opiate highs.

Horne was sentenced to one year of community control on a count of theft in August 2013. That sentence was extended one year after a violation in April 2014.

• Barry Thomas, 42, of Plain City, attended a community control violation hearing. He admitted to using Suboxone.

Thomas’ community control term was extended to five years, the maximum. He was sentenced to three years of community control on a single count of receiving stolen property in 2012, which he violated multiple times.

• Zachary Cordle, 21, of London, was found legally eligible for intervention in place of conviction. He was charged with a single count of receiving stolen property in February.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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