Monahan found guilty of aggravated assault


Teen faces at least 3 years in prison

By Erik Martin - emartin@dailyadvocate.com



Ryan Monahan (left) listens as Judge Jonathan P. Hein announces his verdict Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville teen dodged more serious charges of felonious assault, but was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault. He will be sentenced March 15.

Ryan Monahan (left) listens as Judge Jonathan P. Hein announces his verdict Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville teen dodged more serious charges of felonious assault, but was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault. He will be sentenced March 15.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — Ryan Monahan, accused of shooting a teen girl in the neck following a June 2017 altercation in Greenville, was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault, and not guilty on all other counts Monday afternoon in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Announcing the verdict four days after the end of a two-day bench trial, Judge Jonathan P. Hein found the 19-year-old Greenville resident not guilty of four counts of felonious assault, all second-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

However, despite the dropping of the felonious assault charge to aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, Monahan still faces a mandatory three years in prison on the firearm specification. He could face up to an additional 18 months in prison on the aggravated assault charge.

Monahan was accused of shooting a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle at a pickup truck outside his Greenville home June 9, 2017, striking a teen girl in the neck. The four teens in the truck admitted driving to his home and exchanging threats by phone with the defendant before the incident took place.

Monahan appeared emotionless as the verdict was read. Afterwards, his defense attorney, Dave Rohrer, called it a “tough case” and stood by his assertion that the victim could not have been shot in the manner as presented by the prosecution based upon where she was sitting in the truck.

“I just don’t believe the shot that went through the back windshield was fired by a .22-caliber rifle, that struck her on that side,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll know exactly what happened.”

Monahan, currently free on his own recognizance, is scheduled to be sentenced March 15.

Ryan Monahan (left) listens as Judge Jonathan P. Hein announces his verdict Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville teen dodged more serious charges of felonious assault, but was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault. He will be sentenced March 15.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/01/web1_Monahan-verdict-0232-PRINT.jpgRyan Monahan (left) listens as Judge Jonathan P. Hein announces his verdict Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville teen dodged more serious charges of felonious assault, but was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault. He will be sentenced March 15. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate
Teen faces at least 3 years in prison

By Erik Martin

emartin@dailyadvocate.com

The writer may be reached at 937-569-4314. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook search Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com

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