Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Muskingum
from the Court of Common Pleas, Case No. CR2015-0147
Plaintiff-Appellee GERALD V. ANDERSON, II.
Defendant-Appellant ADAM L. SIDDLE, Pro Se DAVID A. SAMS.
Patricia A. Delaney, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J. Hon.
Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.
1} Defendant-Appellant, Adam Siddle, appeals the July 20,
2016 findings and decision of the Court of Common Pleas of
Muskingum County, Ohio, denying his petition for
postconviction relief. Plaintiff-Appellee is the state of
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On August 10, 2015, appellant pled guilty to sixteen
counts involving theft (R.C. 2913.02), money laundering (R.C.
1315.55), telecommunications fraud (R.C. 2913.05), and
forgery (R.C. 2913.31). Appellant was represented by Attorney
Jeremy McLendon. By entry filed September 23, 2015, the trial
court sentenced appellant to an aggregate term of seven years
in prison. Appellant did not file a direct
3} On April 11, 2016, appellant filed a petition for
postconviction relief, claiming seven grounds for ineffective
assistance of trial counsel. Appellant requested the
appointment of counsel.
4} On April 25, 2016, the trial court appointed Attorney
David Sams as counsel "for the Defendant's defense
for work performed on the appeal." No parties are listed
on this entry for service of a copy of the entry.
5} On May 2, 2016, appellant filed an amendment to his
petition for postconviction relief, adding an eighth ground
for ineffective assistance of trial counsel.
6} On May 4, 2016, the state filed a response to the
petition, serving appellant only. On May 11, 2016, appellant
filed a pro se reply, serving the prosecuting attorney only.
By findings and decision filed July 20, 2016, the trial court
denied the petition, finding appellant failed to produce any
evidence on the issues raised and insufficient evidence to
warrant the appointment of counsel. The trial court served
the prosecuting attorney and appellant.
7} On July 22, 2016, Attorney Sams filed an Anders
brief with the trial court on the petition for postconviction
relief and a motion to withdraw, ...