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State v. Williams

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third District, Allen

December 30, 2019

STATE OF OHIO, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
KENT WILLIAMS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

          Appeal from Allen County Common Pleas Court Trial Court No. CR 2018 0070

          Andrea M. Brown for Appellant

          Jana E. Emerick for Appellee

          OPINION

          ZIMMERMAN, P.J.

         {¶1} Defendant-appellant, Kent D. Williams ("Williams"), appeals the May 6, 2019 judgment entry of sentence of the Allen County Common Pleas Court. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

         {¶2} This case stems from a June 17, 2017 altercation between Williams and Lindsey McCoy ("McCoy"), nka Lindsey Kramer, and Tyler Dunlap ("Dunlap") of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that occurred while Williams was an inmate at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution ("ACI"). As a result of the altercation, Williams was indicted on two counts of assault in violation of R.C. 2903.13(A), (C)(3), third-degree felonies. (Doc. No. 1.) On February 23, 2018, Williams appeared for arraignment and entered pleas of not guilty. (Doc. No. 8).

         {¶3} After a bench trial on May 6, 2019, the trial court found Williams guilty of both counts in the indictment. (Doc. Nos. 82, 155); (May 6, 2019 Tr. at 64-65). On June 17, 2019, the trial court sentenced Williams to 9 months in prison on each count, respectively, and ordered the terms to be served consecutively, for an aggregate sentence of 18 months in prison. (Doc. No. 162). The trial court also ordered the prison terms to be served consecutive to a prison term imposed in another case. (Id.).

         {¶4} Williams filed his notice of appeal on June 21, 2019. (Doc. No. 165). He raises one assignment of error for our review.

Assignment of Error
The Trial Court's Guilty Verdict As To Each Count Of Assault Was Not Supported By Sufficient Evidence And Was Against The Manifest Weight Of The Evidence.

         {¶5} In his assignment of error, Williams argues that his assault convictions are based on insufficient evidence and that his convictions are against the manifest weight of the evidence. In particular, Williams argues that the trial court lost its way in evaluating the evidence to conclude that he acted in self-defense.

         Standard of Review

         {¶6} Manifest "weight of the evidence and sufficiency of the evidence are clearly different legal concepts." State v. Thompkins, 78 Ohio St.3d 380, 389 (1997). Thus, we address each legal concept individually.

         {¶7} "An appellate court's function when reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence to support a criminal conviction is to examine the evidence admitted at trial to determine whether such evidence, if believed, would convince the average mind of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt." State v. Jenks, 61 Ohio St.3d 259 (1981), paragraph two of the syllabus, superseded by state constitutional amendment on other grounds, State v. Smith, 80 Ohio St.3d 89 (1997). Accordingly, "[t]he relevant inquiry is whether, after viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime proven beyond a reasonable doubt." Id. "In deciding if the evidence was sufficient, we neither resolve evidentiary conflicts nor assess the credibility of witnesses, as both are functions reserved for the trier of fact." State v. Jones, 1st Dist. Hamilton Nos. C-120570 and C-120571, 2013-Ohio-4775, ¶ 33, citing State v. Williams,197 Ohio App.3d 505, 2011-Ohio-6267, ΒΆ ...


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