Ronald Stahlman Bail Set

February 11, 2009

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The theater curtains opened Tuesday morning, in a courtroom in Trumbull County, Ohio, on another scene in the slowly unfolding tragedy of Ronald Stahlman.

Stahlman told Judge Andrew Logan that he is an innocent man. Logan replied that Stahlman’s bail would be set at $2 million and scheduled another hearing for February 17th. Then, in less than five minutes, Stahlman was led away, back into the belly of the beast, and the curtains once more closed.

Stahlman is being prosecuted by a district attorney named Christopher D. Becker. Less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Ohio wrote in an as yet unpublished slip opinion that, “Clear and convincing evidence supports that… Becker committed …misconduct” in another murder case.

Stahlman, meanwhile, is being represented by a relatively inexperienced public defender and general practice lawyer named Tracy Ann Laslo.

Louis Brandeis might cry.

The Crime

Stahlman, 56, is accused of the April, 1979 murder of Bernard Williamson in Warren, Ohio. Williamson was found dead in the middle of the intersection of Main Avenue and Fulton Street in Warren at 3:30 in the morning.

Stahlman, who reportedly was then riding with the American Outlaws Association, was somehow connected to the crime. Evidence linking Stahlman to the crime has never been revealed. No motive for the murder has ever been publically stated. After a murder warrant was issued for his arrest Stahlman disappeared.

The New Life

Stahlman wound up in Phoenix and started a new life. He changed his name to James O’Neil, settled in suburban Payson, got married and had two children.

Police reopened the case file in 2005 when the town assigned a detective named Brian Holmes to work cold cases. The sexiest of all cold cases are unsolved murders and Holmes convinced a U.S. Marshall with Warren ties, named Bill Bolden, to work the case with him. Still another police force, this one called the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, was enlisted to search for Stahlman.

Holmes found a snitch who revealed that Stahlman had moved to Phoenix to start over. Four years later the cops finally got Stahlman’s address.

Hooray For The Police

Everyone seems to have made an example out of Stahlman because they could.

After Stahlman’s apprehension, Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins congratulated the Warren Police Department and the Marshals Service. Warren Police Chief John Mandopoulos lauded the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

And, U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott warned that, “Violent fugitives, such as this, will continue to be sought and arrested no matter where they attempt to hide.” The Marshall seemed not to know or care that Stahlman hadn’t done anything violent for at least 29 years.

And now, Stahlman and his family may be starting to wonder if, by some miracle, he might get a fair trial. He faces 15 years to life if he is convicted.

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15 Responses to “Ronald Stahlman Bail Set”

  1. Chris Becker Says:

    I’m sure your little rag of a website won’t publish this but Mr. Stahlman pled guilty last week to Involuntary Manslaughter and agreed to a 1-10 year prison sentence. So now he can age and rebel in prison for a while. If you’d like to speak to me I can be reached at (330) 675-2426 or at the e-mail address. I won’t hold my breath though.

    Chris Becker
    Assistant Prosecutor

  2. Rebel Says:

    Dear Chris Becker,

    Yes, I do know who you are. And you know who I am. Good for you.

    I knew about the verdict last week. Some days I do not write. You should be a more humble man. I am guessing that nobody has ever rubbed your face in the dirt. You should have that maturing experience. You should be more humble about what you do to your victims, I think. I am guessing that you are young enough to change.

    Feel free to argue with me, anytime.


  3. Chris Becker Says:

    I never asked you if you knew who I am. I’ve been humbled many times and had dirt rubbed in my face. And with all of that said I’d still buy you a drink.

  4. hk Says:

    I spent time with Red at Hocking.. what a great guy.. he got screwed. I hope his family is coping. I’m out and wish the rest of them were. Ohio sucks

  5. Rhonda Says:

    I’m not sure3 if ‘hk’ checks this site but, thank you very much for the kind words. My Dad really is a great man.

  6. BigV Says:

    Rhonda: Best wishes to your dad, I remember reading he’d be up for a parole hearing this year.

    There is no justice in this world, but if there were, he’ll be with you soon.

  7. PigPen Says:

    yeah, god knows no one has ever pleaded to something because of the way evidence is collected, managed, re managed , shuffled and presented. You people with your unlimited resources could put me in the grassy knoll so many years before I was even born and made to look like a plausible suspect. You guys all want to be the next hero, the next movie of the week. Wouldn’t surprise me to see your “version” in print someday.
    if i had stacks of tainted and “managed” evidence stacked against me with no chance of winning and my limited resources, I might plead to something too, try to save a little bit of my life. So please, don’t act all fucking high and mighty and pretend you are out for the greater good. You get a fat paycheck to figure out creative ways to read the laws and put an easily targeted group behind bars. You want praise, why don’t you focus on the corupt badge holders when they caught, throw a couple of RICO chanrges at them, they way you liberally throw them at us.

  8. (btb) back to basics Says:

    to Chris Becker ….

    I’d tell you to suck my dick but I’m sure your mouth is already full of other dicks.

    If you didn’t have your system to hide behind you’d still be getting ass kicked on the playground.

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear (btb) back to basics,

    Chris Becker was the very first person to be banned from commenting on this site.


  10. Rebel Says:

    Dear Rhonda,

    Drop me a line.


  11. Rhonda Says:

    Big V- thank you. His hearing was in September- he was approved for parole but now the victims have a time period to oppose his release. so now we hurry up and wait…again.
    If he gets his decision reversed I dont know what we are going to do. I am thinking of trying to get a whole bunch of people to write letters to the parole board to help him for his next hearing? I dont know what else to do.

  12. Rhonda Says:

    Dad was approved for release but someone opposed his parole. So now he has to have a full board hearing in February. He has an attorney helping him so heopefully his release is upheld and he gets to come home.

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