Marion County prosecutor Brent Yager dies at age 60


Marion County Prosecutor Brent W. Yager died Tuesday night, according to information provided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities responded to a 911 at 9:51 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 2900 block of Caledonia Northern Road in Caledonia. The caller told dispatchers that a male — later identified as Yager — at the residence was unresponsive and not breathing. The caller was performing CPR on Yager at the time.

Yager, 60, was pronounced dead at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital after being transported there. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Yager is believed to have died from “medical-related complications.”

The spokesman said Yager’s wife found him. It’s believed he was home alone and collapsed. Foul play is not suspected, according to officials.

The sheriff’s spokesman said deputies had previously been called to Yager’s home regarding medical issues in recent months.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel from the 1st Consolidated Fire Department and Marion Township Fire Department responded to Yager’s home.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the investigation into Yager’s death.

Yager, a Republican, was serving his third term as Marion County Prosecutor. He was first elected in 2008, ran without opposition in 2012, and easily won reelection in 2016 with 54 percent of the vote against two other candidates.

“We were fortunate enough to work with Brent down here,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “He was a good prosecutor and Marion was fortunate enough to have him as their prosecutor for as long as they did.”

State Rep. Wes Goodman, R-87th District, posted the following message Wednesday on Facebook: “Shocked and saddened to learn of the death last night of Marion County Prosecutor Brent Yager. Brent was a good man and a good prosecutor. We are lifting his family up in prayer and keeping the community in our thoughts today.”

Ken Stiverson, a Marion County commissioner and vice chairman of the Marion County Republican Party, said the county commissioners will appoint an interim prosecutor when they meet on Thursday. The Marion County GOP will then appoint a replacement for Yager later this month.

The voters will have the chance to elect a new prosecutor in November 2018 to serve the remaining two years of Yager’s term, Stiverson said.


By Andrew Carter

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Contact Andrew Carter at 740-413-0900. Follow him on Twitter @DelOhioEditor.

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