Friday, April 09, 1999

Court got right man - this time


C.W. Richardson pleads guilty

BY DAN HORN
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.

       



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