Weds. 8:30 p.m.: Appeals court: Veteran must serve 90 days
WARREN -The 11th District Court of Appeals sided with the prosecution in affirming the conviction of a Trumbull County veteran of the Iraqi war who was charged with forging documents to obtain Purple Heart recipient license plates.
The ruling, made earlier this week, prompted Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice to order Keith D. Chandler, 35, 5147 Bushnell Campbell Road, Kinsman, to serve the remainder of his 90-day county jail sentence beginningThursday. Chandler is to surrender to deputies, Rice said. He had been free on $5,000 bond while his appeal was being heard.
Rice also ordered Chandler to serve 200 hours of community service to veteran organizations.
Chandler’s sentence, imposed by Rice on March 18, 2015, stemmed from a multiple indictment – one felony count of forgery and seven felony counts of tampering with records – accusing Chandler of altering his military discharge papers to reflect that he was a Purple Heart recipient.
Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.