from the Court of Claims of Ohio No. 2017-00138
B. Cartwright-Jones, for appellant.
Michael DeWine, Attorney General, and Christopher P. Conomy,
Christopher P. Conomy.
1} Plaintiff-appellant, Daniel Mavroudis, appeals a
May 17, 2017 judgment of the Court of Claims of Ohio
dismissing his complaint for false imprisonment. Because we
agree with the Court of Claims that Mavroudis failed to
allege that his trial court sentencing entry was facially
defective, we affirm the judgment of the Court of Claims
dismissing his claim.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On February 8, 2017, Mavroudis filed a complaint
against defendant-appellee, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation
and Correction ("ODRC"), alleging he had been
falsely imprisoned on an invalid judgment entry. (Feb. 8,
2017 Compl. in passim.) Specifically, Mavroudis alleged that,
following a guilty plea in case No. 13CR-1325, the Mahoning
County Court of Common Pleas sentenced him to a total prison
term of two years but purported to "suspend" the
term and order him to serve five weekends in the county jail.
Id. at ¶ 4-7. Despite the fact that the common
pleas court never sentenced him to community control, the
Mahoning County prosecutor's office filed for the finding
of a probation violation against him in August 2014.
Id. at ¶ 8. Following a probable cause hearing,
in January 2015, the common pleas court found that there was
probable cause for the violation and ordered Mavroudis held
without bond until July 2015 when the court ordered him to
serve the two years that had purportedly been
"suspended." Id. at ¶ 9-10. On March
4, 2016, the Seventh District Court of Appeals found that the
Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas had erred in imposing a
prison term on Mavroudis and remanded the matter for an order
discharging Mavroudis from prison. State v.
Mavroudis, 7th Dist. No. 2015 MA 0146, 2016-Ohio-894,
3} The Seventh District's decision, which is
attached in full to Mavroudis' complaint, includes a more