After three years and three months of a four-year sentence, former Jefferson Township Trustee Bob Wiles has been paroled.
Wiles had pleaded "no contest" to a charge of aggravated assault with a gun specification, to avoid a second trial for shooting his great-grandchild's mother, Kimberly McNeal, on May 29th, 2006.
He teared up as he gave comments after his parole, including an apology to her and the family. Since her hospital fees were covered by Medicare, Wiles will not have to make restitution for those.
Part of his defense was that the depression medication he was taking at the time gave him a severe adverse reaction and prompted the shooting and then his attempted suicide.
But after a mistrial, his attorney Jim Boulger said Wiles could not afford another defense, and accepted sentencing even though Boulger said Ohio law on the subject was antiquated...and still is.
Retired Judge Nicholas Holmes, who originally set that sentencing, made the decision to release Wiles about noon Tuesday, with three years of "community control."
hear Wiles after being paroled
hear attorney Boulger comment on parole
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