Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Jenkins Pleads Guilty to Reckless Homicide

WAVERLY, Ohio – Former Pike County sheriff’s deputy Joel Jenkins will never be a peace officer again or be able to legally own a gun after pleading guilty in the 2015 shooting death of his neighbor.

Jenkins appeared calm Monday as he pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea deal that lowered a mandatory prison sentence for a gun specification from three years to one year. Charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence were also dismissed as part of the agreement.

“Joel has always made it clear to us he wanted to take responsibility … It was a stupid tragic mistake,” his attorney Mark Collins said.

A week-long trial had been slated to begin Monday, but the two sides were able to reach an agreement just before 10 a.m. Jenkins will be sentenced in a month or two after the court receives a pre-sentencing investigation report.

Jenkins will be sentenced to at least one year in prison on the gun specification and faces between nine months and three years on the reckless homicide charge.

Few details of the case were discussed on record, but Joel King, a special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, told Pike County Common Pleas Judge Randy Deering Jenkins had been drinking beer and liquor prior to trying to teach 40-year-old Jason Brady how to disarm someone while not ensuring the gun used wasn’t loaded on Dec. 3, 2015. The gun went off and struck Brady in the head, killing him.

According to Collins, Jenkins and Brady, his neighbor, had been longtime friends. He said the two had gone to eat earlier in the day where Jenkins had two beers and then that evening had four shots of liquor. When Jenkins’ blood alcohol content was tested seven hours later, Collins said it showed he wasn’t impaired and he had an expert who would have testified Jenkins wasn’t impaired.

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