SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The suspect charged with murdering a North Olmsted man at an I-77 rest stop changed his plea to guilty on Monday morning in a Summit County courtroom.
Paul Randall Jr., 34, was facing up to 10 charges, which included aggravated vehicular homicide and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
As part of the plea deal, Randall was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol say Randall, a New York resident, was arguing with 42-year-old Scott Reichard at a rest area along I-77 in Bath Township in August of 2018.
Randall is then accused of stealing Reichard’s truck and then running him over with his own vehicle. Reichard was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the sentencing, Reichard’s brother described the convulsions and medical state after he was hit by the vehicle operated by Randall.
“The tragic death of Scott Reichard will impact his family and our community for years to come. Scott was a loving father and husband who left wonderful memories,” said Summit County Prosecutor Walsh. “Paul Randall will spend a significant amount of time in prison after taking away the chance of Scott’s family to make more of those memories.”
Law enforcement tracked Randall down in Guernsey County, seated in his girlfriend’s car. Prosecutors say Randall and his friends traveled to Ohio with the intent of getting into trouble. He was taken into custody and initially pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
The truck used in the deadly incident was later found abandoned in a downtown Cleveland parking lot.