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Felonious assault arraignment delayed

Cary Ashby • May 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Willard man accused of pistol-whipping one of two male victims he reportedly held captive will be arraigned next week.

Ryan Branham, 25, of 313B Woodland Ave., Willard, is charged with two counts of abduction and one charge of felonious assault. Each of the felonies comes with a gun specification, which would add three years to any prison term he might receive, and is in connection with an April 3 incident.

Branham was in Huron County Common Pleas Court to be arraigned Monday, have his bond set and a trial date scheduled. However, the defendant said he would prefer to wait until his family possibly can hire an attorney.

Judge Jim Conway warned Branham he would be held in the Huron County Jail without bond until his next hearing, which was set for Monday.

"I'm not worried about bond," Branham said.

The Willard Police Department arrested him April 4 when he reportedly was hiding in a South Main Street attic. Officers located and seized a .45 caliber handgun and other items reportedly belonging to the suspect.

"The two victims came to his house (April 3). ... They never really said (why)," Chief Mark Holden said earlier.

"(Branham) ended up pulling a gun and holding them for 10 to 12 hours. One of the guys tried to leave and he pistol-whipped him," the chief said.

Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the scene and recovered blood, .45 ACP ammunition and a pistol holster.

The victims were treated at Mercy Willard Hospital. One man was transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo due to having a fractured eye socket.

Branham told the court he has a prior felony conviction.

If convicted of all three charges, he faces up to 29 years in prison.

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