from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, .P.C. No.
O'Brien, Prosecuting Attorney, and Valerie Swanson, for
E. McNamee, for appellee.
1} The State of Ohio is pursuing an appeal from the
trial court's granting of judicial release for Clarence
J. Watkins. It assigns a single error for our consideration:
THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN GRANTING JUDICIAL RELEASE IN THE
ABSENCE OF RECORD SUPPORT FOR THE NECESSARY FINDING RELATED
2} In April 2006, Watkins pled guilty to two charges
of aggravated robbery with accompanying firearm
specifications. He was sentenced to 20 years of
incarceration. Six of the years were for the firearm
specifications. The remaining 14 years were for the
aggravated robbery charges.
3} Over 11 years later, Watkins filed for judicial
4} Some of the underlying facts of the crimes are
not in serious dispute. Watkins was one of four men who
entered a home seeking money. Watkins smashed the primary
victim in the head with a pool cue, requiring 18 stitches and
hospitalization. Later, the primary victim was shot in the
leg. At the time of his guilty pleas, Watkins did not deny
being the shooter.
5} At the hearing on the motion for judicial
release, the State of Ohio argued that the trial court had no
basis for two essential findings if Watkins were to meet the
standards for receiving judicial release. The State argued
that the public could not be protected from future criminal
offenses and that reducing the ...