Does One County Prosecutor's Plea Bargain With Defendant Bar Prosecution for Crimes Committed in Another County?
When First Prosecutor Indicated Consent of Other Counties to Waive Additional Charges
State of Ohio v. Desmond A. Billingsley, Case no. 2011-0827
Eleventh District Court of Appeals (Portage County)
ISSUE: When a county prosecutor negotiates a plea agreement between the state and a criminal defendant for a string of similar crimes, and the prosecutor indicates during that negotiation that other counties have agreed either not to prosecute or to impose concurrent sentences for any crimes the defendant admits committing in the those counties, if the defendant provides truthful information pursuant to the plea agreement disclosing additional crimes he committed in the other counties, are the other counties contractually bound by the terms of the plea agreement in their dealings with the defendant?