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New York man sentenced after pleading guilty to killing man at I-77 rest stop in 2018

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Posted at 4:20 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 16:20:13-04

BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A 35-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attacking and killing a 43-year-old man at a rest stop on I-77 in Bath Township in August of 2018 was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Paul Randall, of Dogleville, New York, pleaded guilty to the following charges in connection with the death of Scott Reichard, according to a news release from the Summit County Prosecutor:

  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide – a felony of the 1st degree
  • Failure to Stop After an Accident – a felony of the 2nd degree
  • Felonious Assault – a felony of the 2nd degree
  • Tampering with Evidence – a felony of the 3rd degree
  • Theft of Drugs – a felony of the 4th degree
  • Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle – a felony of the 4th degree
  • Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence – a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree
  • Driving Under Suspension - a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree

Following the plea, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison Breaux sentenced Randall to 30 years in prison, and ordered that his driver’s license be suspended for life.

On the morning of August 17, 2018, Randall attacked Reichard at the rest stop, the release states. Witnesses told investigators Randall knocked Reichard to the ground, stole his truck, ran over him, then took off. Ohio State troopers arrested Randall the next day on I-70 in Guernsey County.

“The tragic death of Scott Reichard will impact his family and our community for years to come. Scott was a loving father and husband who left wonderful memories,” said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. “Paul Randall will spend a significant amount of time in prison after taking away the chance of Scott’s family to make more of those memories.”

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