Arraignment set for Ashley man charged with attempted murder


An Ashley man charged with the attempted murder of his ex-wife’s boyfriend will appear in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Thursday for an arraignment.

Christopher Robin Sidders, 41, was still in the Delaware County Jail Tuesday when his arraignment was scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 1 p.m. in Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger’s courtroom.

Sidders was indicted Friday by a Delaware County grand jury on a charge of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; two charges of felonious assault, second-degree felonies; and two counts of having weapons while under disability, third-degree felonies.

The attempted murder and felonious assault charges carry firearm specifications that could add additional prison time to any sentence Sidders receives if he is convicted.

The charges were filed after a shooting at 9 N. Franklin St., Ashley, on March 22. Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Cory Goe reported that Sidders was staying with his ex-wife, Teresa Rogers, and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Shilt, when Sidders pulled out a handgun and shot Shilt in the jaw.

Prosecutors said Sidders was trying to rekindle his relationship with Rogers.

Shilt was transported to a Columbus hospital and Sidders was taken into custody by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies.

Shilt was reportedly still recovering from his injuries Tuesday.

Sidders appeared in Delaware Municipal Court via video conferencing on the morning of March 23. Municipal Judge Marianne Hemmeter set Sidders’ bond at $250,000 and stipulated he must pay the full amount, not the usual 10 percent.

Goe said Sidders has a criminal record in Delaware County that includes drug trafficking charges, domestic violence and a felony burglary conviction from 2007.

At his municipal court arraignment, Sidders said he was not a violent person and had never been convicted of burglary. Hemmeter said he can contest the specification at a later date.

Records of the Delaware County Clerk of Courts Office state Sidders was ordered to serve 18 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of burglary.

Common Pleas Judge David Gormley was originally scheduled to preside over the case but the case was transferred to Krueger because Krueger has presided over Sidders’ prior court cases, including his burglary conviction.

Sidders was still in the county jail Tuesday.

Sidders Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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

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