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Jurors to decide Wednesday if inmate is guilty of forgery

Last updated: August 19. 2014 6:33PM - 546 Views
By - bsemler@civitasmedia.com



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Madison County jurors will decide whether an inmate at London Correctional Institution is guilty of forgery Wednesday after a full-day of trial Tuesday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.


Ramon A. Boyce, 29, is accused of forging a notary’s signature on documents between April 30 and Sept. 30, 2013.


Boyce is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for burglary and receiving stolen property in Clark County.


After receiving an anonymous tip, investigators allegedly found several documents in Boyce’s cell. They found what they believed to be a cut-out stamp with the notary’s forged signature and a document with the forged stamp on it.


The notary spoke as a witness, saying she never signed the specific document and the signature was forged.


Boyce’s attorney Fred Ballam said Boyce was in possession of the document in order to cut out the image on it for a poster he was creating. As a witness, Boyce claimed that he forgot to cut the notary’s information off the stamp.


Four witnesses — two for the state and two for the defense, including Boyce — testified during the trial Tuesday afternoon.


Boyce is due for release in July 2016. If convicted, an additional six to 12 months prison time could be added to his term.


A jury will deliberate Wednesday.


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


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