Trial set in Delaware County armed burglary case


A Columbus man is facing an April 26 burglary trial after he allegedly broke into a home and assaulted a male friend of his wife.

Brandon Black, 29, was in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon where he entered a not-guilty plea to one charge of aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, which is a first-degree felony; a charge of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor; and aggravated menacing, also a first-degree misdemeanor.

Assistant county prosecutor Jahan Karamali told Magistrate Anna Franceschelli that Black broke into the Delaware County home of his wife, Ashley, on Feb. 1. Black and his wife are divorcing.

She was home with her daughter and with a friend, Zachary Hoffer.

Court documents allege that during the encounter Black threatened and assaulted Hoffer.

Black was indicted on Wednesday by a Delaware County grand jury.

Black’s bond was set at $15,000 when he appeared in Delaware Municipal Court on Feb. 2.

Franceschelli set a trial date for April 26 and continued Black’s $15,000 bond.

He was also ordered not to have contact with either his wife or Hoffer.

Franceschelli informed Black that, due to the serious nature of the charges, he could face between three and 11 years in prison for the burglary charge and up to six months in prison for the two misdemeanor charges.

Black’s attorney, Sam Shamansky, could not attend the arraignment but sent his partner, Donald Regensburger.

Regensburger said Black has no criminal record and has been monitored via GPS since his municipal court appearance with no issues.

Black was out on bond Friday afternoon.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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