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Appeals court upholds former Marion County Judge Jason Warner, wife Julia's convictions

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Marion County Judge Jason Warner stands to make a statement to the court before he and his wife Julia Warner were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, April 14, 2021, by Judge Patricia Cosgrove in the Marion County Court of Common Pleas for a June 2020 hit and run that injured a 19-year-old man 2020.Judge Jason Warner was found guilty of complicity to leaving the scene of an accident, a felony of the fourth degree, and complicity to tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree. Wife Julia Warner, the driver of the vehicle, was found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor negligent assault, complicity to leaving the scene of an accident and complicity to tampering with evidence.
Marion County Judge Jason Warner stands to make a statement to the court before he and his wife Julia Warner were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, April 14, 2021, by Judge Patricia Cosgrove in the Marion County Court of Common Pleas for a June 2020 hit and run that injured a 19-year-old man 2020.Judge Jason Warner was found guilty of complicity to leaving the scene of an accident, a felony of the fourth degree, and complicity to tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree. Wife Julia Warner, the driver of the vehicle, was found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor negligent assault, complicity to leaving the scene of an accident and complicity to tampering with evidence.

After months of battling in the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals, former Marion Judge Jason Warner and his wife Julia had their convictions upheld, according to online court documents.

Throughout the appeals, Warner's defense attorneys argued that there wasn't sufficient evidence presented by prosecutors to prove Jason's guilty which led to his constitutional rights being violated. However, on Monday, the Third Court of Appeals ruled against this notion and stated sufficient evidence was presented and this evidence did not weigh against their convictions.

The Warners, who were released on bail throughout the appeals process, were convicted in March this year after they were involved in a hit-skip crash in June 2019 that left a 19-year-old man severely injured.

Jason has since been removed from the bench by the Ohio Supreme Court and resigned as judge months afterwards. His seat was recently filled by Matthew Frericks, a former Marion Municipal Magistrate, after the Marion GOP appointed him to the position.

The Warners were convicted of complicity to leaving the scene of an accident, a third-degree felony; and complicity to tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony, resulting in a two-year, concurrently-served prison sentence. Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove, former judge with the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, presided over the trial.

Story by Mitch Hooper | (740)-244-9935 | bhooper@gannett.com | @_MH16 on Twitter

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Former Marion County Judge Warner: Appeals court upholds conviction