By Scott Halasz firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8, 2014
DAYTON — A new trial date has been set for a former Greene County Sheriff’s deputy.
Eric Spicer will appear before Judge Michael Barrett Dec. 8 at federal court in Dayton. An original trial date was set for July 14 but Spicer’s attorney, John D. Smith, requested the change due to “voluminous discovery already provided by the government” according to court documents.
Spicer was indicted in April and is charged with illegal purchase and possession of a machine gun. Prosecutors allege he forged documents to get the gun. He faces up to 65 years in prison for the seven counts against him.
The indictment alleges that Spicer forged the Greene County Sheriff’s name on documents he provided to a firearms dealer in New York in 2009. The documents claimed that the machine gun would be used for official law enforcement purposes.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began investigating Spicer, executed a search warrant at his home in March 2014 and seized the machine gun. According to a release from the office of Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, at the time of the search Spicer told the ATF that he was a sworn and commissioned police officer of the Jackson Township Police Department.
The indictment charges Spicer with one count each of illegal possession of a machine gun, making a false statement to a law enforcement official, making a false statement in conjunction with the purchase of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of a firearm transferred in violation of the National firearms Act.
He is charged with two counts of making a false entry on an application to acquire a firearm.
Spicer was relieved of his duties in Greene County earlier this year following a 2013 standoff in Yellow Springs in which the suspect was shot and killed. Attorney General Mike DeWine did an investigation, as did the Montgomery County Sheriff at the request of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. The Montgomery County report cited Spicer for several improper actions during the standoff.
Making a false statement to a law enforcement official is punishable by up to five years in prison. All other counts carry a possible punishment of 10 years in prison, according to the indictment.