July 24, 2016

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Sharon man pleads not guilty in gun case

MEDINA — A 53-year-old Sharon Township man pleaded not guilty last week to having a gun illegally after he was arrested while target shooting with another man in a business parking lot on state Route 18 in Sharon Township.

Joseph R. Phillips, of the 1200 block of Medina Road, is charged with having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Police said Phillips is barred from having firearms because he was convicted of aggravated robbery.

Ohio law prohibits anyone convicted of a “felony offense of violence” from owning or possessing firearms.

Police responding to a Sept. 4 report of shots fired, possibly over Medina Road (Route 18), found Phillips and another man shooting a 9 mm pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun. The weapons were confiscated.

Phillips was indicted three weeks later and arrested Oct. 4.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman and Phillips’ attorney, William Mooney, did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

At Phillips’ Oct. 10 arraignment, Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler reduced Phillips’ bond from $100,000 to $10,000, according to court records.

Phillips was released from the county jail later that day.

His trial is scheduled for Dec. 10.

In addition to the out-of-state aggravated robbery, Phillips was convicted in Medina County in 2006 of two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies.

He was sentenced to three years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.