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Ruffer Sentenced

The second of two men arrested at the Circle K store the night of April 3 has been sentenced.

Joshua Ruffer, 27, West Unity, was arrested with Joshua David Ball, 36, Archbold, after law enforcement officers received a tip a wanted man would be at the store. There were Defiance County warrants out for Ball at the time.

When Archbold police searched the car in which they were riding, they found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, handcuffs, a police baton, and at least five knives.

A Fulton County Grand Jury indicted Ruffer on a single count of improperly handing firearms in a motor vehicle on April 17.

In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Ruffer entered a guilty plea to the firearms charge and was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 29, to three years of community control.

“On April 3, he (Ruffer) did knowingly have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle while it was accessible to himself without leaving the vehicle,” Haselman said.

In addition, Ruffer was ordered to pay the cost of his prosecution, attorney fees, complete the SEARCH program, follow all recommendations, stay out of barstaverns, not to possess or consume alcohol, and abide by an 11 pm-6 am curfew. Failure to abide by the conditions of his sentence could result in a 17-month prison sentence.

After being indicted on a single count of assault in Fulton County, Ball was sentenced on June 5 to 63 days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, and given credit for time served since he was incarcerated on April 3. He was also placed on three years community control and ordered to pay the cost of his prosecution.

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