GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A Brown County man pleaded guilty to reckless homicide on April 26 in Brown County Court.
Donald Martin Jr., 58, was charged with reckless homicide on Nov. 12 after authorities in Brown County received a call requesting a life squad to respond to his home address in Mount Orab.
According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, the caller stated that an 11-year-old boy at the address had been having a temper tantrum, passed out, and was experiencing short, shallow breaths. According to the sheriff’s department, the life squad responded and found the boy, Martin’s step-grandson, unresponsive at the scene. The boy was transported by the life squad to Mount Orab Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Martin faced Judge Scott T. Gusweiler on Thursday after waiving his right to a jury trial. He pleaded guilty to one count of reckless homicide before Gusweiler.
According to detectives at the time of the crime, Martin stepped in after the boy and Martin’s wife got into an altercation. Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis said it appeared as if the boy passed away as a result of positional asphyxiation or compression.
According to Judge Scott T. Gusweiler, a sentencing investigation will take place before Martin is sentenced. The maximum sentence for reckless homicide in the State of Ohio is three years in prison.
Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8 at 12:30.