Columbus man scheduled to change plea in burglary and assault case

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

A Columbus man charged with burglary and assault was originally scheduled to stand trial Tuesday but will instead change his plea at a hearing today in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Brandon Black, 29, was originally set for a jury trial in April to face 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, but the trial was delayed to June 21.

However, according to court documents, the June 21 trial has been canceled and Black will apparently change his plea today at 9 a.m.

At Black’s arraignment, 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 Black threatened and assaulted Hoffer during the encounter.

Black was indicted on Feb. 10 by a Delaware County grand jury.

Black was out on bond Tuesday.

He was also ordered not to have contact with either his wife or Hoffer. However, Judge David Gormley later issued an order, allowing him to have contact with Ashley and removing his house arrest restriction.

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

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