State Challenges Appeals Court Interpretation of Law Imposing Mandatory 10-Year Sentence for 'Corrupt Activity' Conviction
When Pattern of Corrupt Activity Includes First-Degree Felony Offense
State of Ohio v. David Willan, Case no. 2012-0216
Ninth District Court of Appeals (Summit County)
ISSUE: Did the Ninth District Court of Appeals commit reversible error by finding that the language of a criminal sentencing statute is ambiguous, and interpreting the statute in a way that precluded the imposition of a mandatory ten-year prison term on a person who was convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity based on the commission of one or more first degree felony offenses?