Local man who pistol-whipped captive gets sent to slammer

Prosecutor: 'We think it was a drug deal gone bad'
Cary Ashby
Aug 23, 2013


A Willard man who pistol-whipped one of two victims he held captive was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Tuesday.

Ryan Branham, 26, formerly of 313B Woodland Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of abduction, a third-degree felony, with a firearm specification . The defendant also agreed to forfeit the .45 caliber handgun and $550 seized by the Willard Police Department during its investigation of the April 4 incident.

   “We think it was a drug deal gone bad,” Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said after the hearing.

   Officers arrested Branham when he was hiding in a South Main Street attic.

   “Willard police pulled him out of an attic area,” Leffler said. “It was good police work. Willard police did a good job.”

   The incident started when two men came to Branham’s house April 4.

   “He (Branham) ended up pulling a gun and holding them for 10 to 12 hours. One of the guys tried to leave and he pistolwhipped him,” Chief Mark Holden said soon afterward.

   The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the crime scene and recovered blood, .45-caliber 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 with a fractured eye socket.

   “He wasn’t hurt particularly badly — treated and released,” Leffler said Tuesday. “It scared the hell out of him.”

   Leffler said the state doesn’t “like helping people who deal drugs,” but he said assaulting someone with a gun is a dangerous situation.

   In exchange for Branham’s guilty plea Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of abduction and felonious assault. If the defendant had been convicted of all three charges, he could have faced up to 29 years in prison.

   Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway followed the joint recommendation between Leffler and defense attorney James Joel Sitterly. The judge imposed 18 months in prison on the abduction conviction and a mandatory three years for the firearm specification.

   Branham has a prior felony conviction through Richland County.

   “It was a drug case. … He may have to deal with some time out of there,” Leffler said, referring to Branham being on probation.



Local man who's uncle is Todd Corbin purchases drugs and gets no charges? Ironic, to say the least! An item(s) (whatever it may have been jewelry, drugs, etc) came up missing and Ryan said the two local men (related to each other) could not leave until they produced the stolen item(s). Needless to say a fight eventually ensued and Andy Corbin 'Orgando' was beat. I have to laugh at Willard resident's stupidity.


Lucky the one only got hit with the pistol, coming into another mans house and getting caught steeling is a no no where I'm from. Drugs or no drugs. I feel for u Ryan. If it was 40 years ago you could have done this and if drugs were not involed you probally would have got papers. Keep your head up

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He doesnt look very tough without that .45.


All I can say is That he will be back in the news in 5 years , you can count on it .People like this never learn , untill they either kill someone or they get a long prison term or they get killed .You can bet one thing or the other will happen . The time he recieved is not nearly long enough to teach him that he needs to stay clear of sitituation like this .And the time Judge Conway gave him is not rearly enough for him to use common sense in avoiding these things

Scranton Tibbs

@AEversole: Your complete sympathy for EVERY criminal in the paper is disgusting. "getting caught stealing is a no no where I'm from." Which planet might that be? Getting caught stealing is a no no EVERYWHERE. My dad always says "it takes all kinds", and after reading your bleeding heart posts day after day I now know what he meant.


Scranton, you are a complete idiot. like the old saying goes if you argue with an idiot know it all they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. you sir are a complete idiot hands down. you must have a lonely lonely life jerk

Scranton Tibbs

Then why are you arguing with me? Old saying? I never heard that. You used the word "idiot" three times. Limited vocabulary. I'll say it again, THIS is what happens when billy tards have internet access. Now kindly pizz off you tool.


everytime you post a comment you seem dumb and then more dumb. You are an ignorant sob. never heard that old saying because it's you that its said about... as far as Billy tard I've forgotten more that your pea sized brain has or ever will learn. limited vocab hardly.... site wouldn't let me post what I really think you are but idiot and ignorant gets you in the right wordset


PILLS ----- I destroy homes, tear families apart, take your children, and that's just the start. I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold, and if u need me, remember I'm easily found. I live all around you, in schools and in town. I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door. My power is awesome; try me.................. you'll see, but if you do, you may never break free. Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I'll own your soul. When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie. You do what you have to just to get high. The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms. You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad When you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised, I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from God, and separate from friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side. You'll give up everything your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give. When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live. If you try me be warned this is no game. If given the chance, I'll drive you insane. I'll ravish your body; I'll control your mind. I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine. The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed, the voices you'll hear from inside your head, the sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see; I want you to know, these are all gifts from me, But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart, that you are mine, and we shall not part. You'll regret that you tried me, they always do, but you came to me, not I to you. You knew this would happen. Many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold. You could have said no, and just walked away, If you could live that day over, now what would you say? I'll be your master; you will be my slave, I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave. Now that you have met me , what will you do? Will you try me or not? Its all up to you. I can bring you more misery than words can tell. Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell....

Yall Make Me Sick

Ok the PILLS POEM is getting old. You don't have to copy & paste it to all the stories. They ones using the pills prolly won't read it anyways & I'm tired of reading it. Thanks!!


Agree! Those that need to read it won't.


Ryan, Ryan, Ryan looks like your skinny a$$ is going away for awhile. Lets see just how big and bad you are now. Your gonna be in there with the big boys. Skinny white kid like yourself is gonna make bubba a good girlfriend. Rumor has it that your running your mouth about you getting one of the dudes who cracked your brother in the head with a hammer while you were in jail. . I highly doubt that. Both you and your brother are worthless pieces of trash and offer nothing to society. Now we (as in tax payers) cause i know you or your brother don't work besides selling drugs have to pay and feed and house you for the next 4 1/2 years and pay for your brothers metal plate that was just put into his head cause i know he don't have any insurance. WORTHLESS, WORTHLESS, WORTHLESS.


Citizen,You got it right !


If I was that boys family I would personally like to talk to you citizen. I am not saying you opinion of the boy is wrong, but if them comments were directed to me I would love to meet up so you could further elaberate to my face what a loser I am. You apparently know these people why don't you go to there house and let them know how you feel. . ........I just hate the way these cyber gangsters love to talk


If you are going to call someone out, at least use some type of spellcheck and grammar check tool.


Oh i've told them many, many, many times. TO THEIR FACE. I'm no cyber gangster or any type of gangster. I wear my pants pulled up with a belt. Unlike the two punk little girls in question. Ryan has always been a punk. His skinny a$$ always carrying that pistol for the simple fact he runs his mouth and can't back up what he says without having to pull that weapon. As far as his brother goes, as many times as he's stolen from people and ripped people off this was bound to happen to him. He's lucky they didn't knock his brains out his ears instead of just fracturing his skull. He's a very lucky PUNK.


Where are the cops if this little thug can carry a gun for years? Cops have lost control.