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Firearm defendant's trial could go 2 to 3 days

Cary Ashby • Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A New London man who was out of prison when he reportedly threatened a neighbor with a gun could have a trial that lasts two to three days.

William M. McCullough, 69, of 1732 S. U.S. 250, is charged with a felony count of possession of weapons under disability and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charges are in connection with a June 4 incident at his home.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo has two weeks to file any motions. He received all the evidence in the case Monday from the county prosecutor's office except for a CD recording. Longo said he and prosecutors haven't had a chance to start any plea negotiations.

McCullough's trial is set for Aug. 26. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said she expects the proceedings to last at least "two full days." Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff is assigned the case.

"I would err on the side of three (days)," Longo said during Monday's pre-trial hearing.

Last week, Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge Jim Conway lowered McCullough's bond from $100,000 to $50,000. In addition, the judge ordered the defendant to have no association with the male victim in the case through any means -- via telecommunication or in person.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, McCullough faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The firearms charge carries a stiffer penalty of up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

McCullough served about 20 years in prison for the Jan. 1, 1985 shooting of his former girlfriend and another man. Authorities have said the defendant shot the two victims at point-blank range during "a fit of jealousy" while the pair were kissing on a couch. The victims survived the shooting.

His criminal record also includes prison terms for trafficking in LSD and trafficking in marijuana plus a six-month sentence for attempted assault on a police officer. A Huron County sheriff's deputy was forced to use a Taser on McCullough during his arrest at his home because he was being uncooperative.

At the time of the mid-May 2008 incident, McCullough was arrested on an unrelated warrant. He was charged with failure to report to jail on the original conviction of child enticement. McCullough 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 a child to put the Freeze Pop in the back of the vehicle.

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