Felonious assault arraignment delayed

Suspect, who is accused of pistol-whipping man and holding pair captive, is due in court next week.
Cary Ashby
May 3, 2013

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.

Comments

citizen4change

Keep his little skinny a$$ in Jail. Thats where he belongs. He carries that pistol around like he's king crap. He ain't crap without that pistol. I know your little skinny a$$ Ryan. You and your piece of crap brother Alex Hall. I think huron and richland county plus MANCI, RICCI have a couple of cells with your names on them. Throw away the freaking keys on these worthless pieces of crap. WORTHLESS, WORTHLESS, WORTHLESS

Windy

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

In Judge Conway's courtroom, this translates to 4 months in CBCF followed by a year of intense probation.

Scranton Tibbs

That's the most true thing I have EVER read on here!

OhioMommy87

Oh my gosh what is the purpose of him doing this? Gosh people think they can do whatever the heck they want. Freaking moron.

TuffNutts2011

He is a Meth head and thinks his life is a rap video. His brain has been destroyed by narcotics and will never get better. Hope he gets the full 29.

Grateful

To bad this little boy of a junkie didn't run into one of us who actually knows how to use a firearm and legally, we wouldnt have to pay $100,000 a year to house him for 29 years.

29 years in prison for this low life will cost more than most people make in a life time.

Welcome to the broken society.

citizen4change

LIke i said before. IF you look at his and his brother Alex Halls rap sheet you can see they have done nothing for our society but broken its laws. I hope Ryan gets the 29 years he is facing and then some.