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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jury Convicts Final Defendant in Racketeering, Murder Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A United States District Court jury convicted the final defendant in the current federal Short North Posse racketeering and murder case today.


Johnathan Holt, 24, of Columbus, was convicted on all counts and now faces up to life in prison.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the verdict reached today.


Holt is the final of 20 individuals who were indicted in October 2014 in a racketeering case, with charges that include murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons offenses, extortion and robbery.


Of the 20 total defendants, five others were convicted, 13 pleaded guilty and one has died.


Holt’s specific charges include murder in aid of racketeering and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.


“Today’s verdict completes an unprecedented investigation and series of prosecutions, thanks to which central Ohio is a safer and more just place,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “This success only strengthens our resolve to reduce violence and bring to justice violent offenders.”


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the two-year investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott’s Office, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s Office, Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx, Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt, Muskingum County Prosecutor D. Michael Haddox, Ross County Prosecutor Matthew S. Schmidt, law enforcement leaders from those counties, and officials of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys David DeVillers, Kevin Kelley and Brian Martinez and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Lowe with Franklin County Prosecutor O’Brien’s Office, who are representing the United States in this and the related cases. 

Violent Crime
Updated December 8, 2016