Attempted murder convict faces new felonies

Cary Ashby • Jun 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM

A New London man who spent many years in prison for attempted murder is charged with two new felonies.

William M. McCullough, 69, of 1732 U.S. 250, New London, is charged with one count each of felonious assault and possession of weapons under disability. The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the suspected incident Wednesday.

Deputies arrested McCullough about 2:30 p.m. Thursday with the assistance of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office. An ambulance was also at the scene for safety reasons.

McCullough has been convicted multiple times of drug-related and violent crimes.

In 1980, he was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison for trafficking in LSD. Prosecutors have said McCullough ignited fireworks during an incident at the old Richfield Coliseum. That same year, he also served time in a Columbus prison for trafficking in marijuana before being paroled in 1981.

McCullough, in 1985, was sentenced to six to 25 years in prison for attempted murder for shooting his former girlfriend and her lover. Prosecutors have said they suspected the Dec. 31, 1984 shooting arose out of a fit of jealousy because McCullough watched the couple necking.

The victims, who were shot by an old-style revolver with low-velocity rounds, survived. The woman sustained injuries to her brain stem and thyroid gland.

On Aug. 25, 2008, McCullough was sentenced to six months in prison for attempted assault on a police officer. According to the sheriff's office, a deputy had to use a Taser on him when he reportedly resisted arrest at his home.

At the time of the mid-May 2008 incident, McCullough was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with failure to report to jail on the original conviction of child enticement and served a 40-day sentence at the Huron County Jail.

McCullough was convicted of telling several boys and girls, ages 9 to 13, he wouldn't hurt them if they approached him when he was near a white van. One of the victim's parents told McCullough to leave after he told the child to put the Freeze Pop in the back of the vehicle, according to a Reflector story published Oct. 19, 2006.

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