Friday, April 09, 1999

Court got right man - this time

C.W. Richardson pleads guilty

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There was no doubt about it this time.

        When Christopher W. Richardson stood before a judge Thursday, prosecutors knew they had the right man.

        Two months after a “clerical error” kept the wrong Christopher Richardson in jail for a week, the real defendant ap peared in court to plead guilty to a drug charge.

        Mr. Richardson's case was thrust into the spotlight in February when authorities acknowledged that an error had led to the arrest of another man.

        Christopher K. Richardson, who has no criminal record, spent seven days in jail because of the mix-up.

        Authorities said the trouble apparently began when Christopher K. Richardson's Social Security number somehow appeared on the arrest warrant for Christopher W. Richardson.

        The two men were born in February 1971 but have almost nothing else in common. Their hair color, eye color and weight are different.

        With Christopher W. Richardson wanted on domestic violence charges, police officers arrested Christopher K. Richardson when he went to the station to try to clear up the error.

        Thursday, Christopher W. Richardson pleaded guilty to a drug charge that was filed after he was arrested in February.

        He will be sentenced May 5 by Judge Thomas Nurre.


Vietnam vets wish Kosovo a better fate
Ohio judge suspends visits with Justin
City loses last of produce industry
Kasich pours energy into presidential bid
Cops to share drug-bust proceeds
Woman sees similarities in Carpenter shooting
Archdiocese reaches out to gays
Ex-firefighter pleads guilty in attempt to abduct girl
Newport asks for link to light rail
Sharks coaxed into new home
'Strong-mayor' backers open fire via radio
How to be a good soccer sport
Coach's advice for watching children's games
Tips for surviving soccer season
Couple find recipe for love at Taste of Cincinnati
Duo's books on faith leave room for doubt
Radio stations tune in to Y2K frenzy
Charge says tax opponent taught evasion to others
City can't locate marshal's family
Cleveland sues gun industry, saying safety features lacking
- Court got right man - this time
Detective, son deny post-brawl charges
Fairfield plan depends on levy
Highway access to Fort Washington Way restricted
Hotel looks to classic design
Investigation of guard reopened
Man accused of shooting wife had previous trouble
Kehoe's mom says she Chevie was on robbery run run
Oak Hills schools restructuring
Skating park's concrete poured
Speaker: African-Americans, doctors are at odds
Student with gun bound to grand jury
Teens learning to skip drugs
Weather spotters aid forecasters