Former OU student pleads guilty to 23 counts of election-related charges; gets five years community control

Former OU student pleads guilty to 23 counts of election-related charges; gets five years community control

College kid -OUFormer OU student pleads guilty to all election-related charges; gets five years community control

 

By MICHAEL THRASHER Messenger staff journalist | Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 2:45 pm

A former Ohio University student pleaded guilty to numerous election-related charges Friday.

Timothy Zureick, 21, of Cincinnati, initially pleaded innocent to 22 counts of obtaining false signatures and one count of election falsification. The charges stemmed from him forging 22 signatures of members of the Ohio University College Democrats, including one individual who is in charge of polling precincts.

Following a month-long investigation, Zureick was indicted on the above charges Aug. 9, 2012.

Friday he appeared for a change of plea hearing at the Athens County Common Pleas Court and entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution.

The state recommended that Zureick be sentenced to five years of community control with an underlying sentence of five years in prison.

Judge L. Alan Goldsberry asked the prosecution and the defense how the Athens County Board of Elections felt about Zureick’s plea agreement and neither side had any record of its opinion…..

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