COLUMBUS, Ohio: A judge has changed what was meant to be a sentencing to a hearing on a man’s request to withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of harassing an Ohio sheriff for nearly 20 years via letters, emails and websites.
A criminal affidavit filed last year said the harassment began in 1999 when Columbus resident William Young was arrested by Russell Martin, who was a Delaware County deputy and is now the county sheriff.
Young pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to a charge of cyberstalking.
Young now wants a trial, saying he surprised to learn he was facing a maximum five years even after pleading guilty.
The government says Young waited too long to withdraw the plea.
U.S. District Judge Michael Watson will hold the hearing Tuesday.
Sentencing changed for man accused of cyberstalking sheriff