Judge gunman is dad of Steubenville player convicted of rape

Steubenville judge recovering after shooting by father of player charged with rape

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO - A prosecutor says the man who shot and wounded an Ohio judge was the father of a Steubenville High School football player convicted of rape in 2013.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin on Monday identified the shooter as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond.

Ma'Lik Richmond served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party. He is currently enrolled at Youngstown State University and is a member of the Penguin football team. 

The case attracted international attention because the charges were brought after students talked about the incident in a YouTube video and texted naked photos of the girl, from a nearby West Virginia town, to each other.

Investigators were seeking a motive and had not found a connection to the rape case, Hanlin said.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said the state crime lab will also help investigate the shooting.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese, Jr. underwent emergency surgery after the morning shooting but is expected to survive. Nathaniel Richmond died after both Bruzzese and a probation officer returned fire.  

One of Bruzzese’s colleagues believes the attack must have been intentional. Judge Joseph Corabi said he and the county’s two other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse and walk a few feet to a side entrance to the building.

“Everyone knows who parks there,” he said. “He was clearly an intended target.”

A visiting judge from Hamilton County and not Bruzzese handled the vast majority of the Steubenville rape case.

USA Today's Sarah Toy contributed to this story.

© 2017 Associated Press


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