Jeffrey Holsinger is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court.
Jeffrey Holsinger is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court.
Jeffrey Ryan Holsinger, 33, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder in Ross County Common Pleas Court Monday “to avoid the death penalty,” as reported by Jona Ison of the Chillicothe Gazette.

As previously reported in The Highland County Press, Holsinger was indicted in Ross County in December 2017 on capital murder charges, as he was charged with five counts of aggravated murder.

According to the Chillicothe Gazette story, Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said the plea agreement “induced a plea to life without the possibility of parole,” instead of the death penalty.

Holsinger was also charged in Ross County with one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; two counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; and one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.

The Chillicothe Gazette reported that Holsinger is scheduled to be sentenced on all 11 charges Dec. 10. To read the complete Chillicothe Gazette article, click here

As previously reported in The Highland County Press, Holsinger is the suspect in shootings on Browns Chapel Road and Rapid Forge Road on July 4, 2017. Paul Robertson, 79, of Clarksburg was killed in the shooting on Browns Chapel Road. Dawn Wilson, 67, of Clarksburg was treated and released. Another victim, Jesse Lytle, 23, from Highland County, was seriously injured.

Holsinger led law enforcement on a chase through Washington Court House on the night of Tuesday, July 4, 2017 before officials in Franklin County eventually caught the suspect near Galloway.

In Highland County, Holsinger pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated robbery charges Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Holsinger’s charges in Highland County also stemmed from July 4, 2017, when the Highland County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a homicide in Greenfield. Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said that his office received a call of an armed robbery with the victim allegedly being pistol-whipped. When they arrived at the scene, the victim, Steven Mottie, Jr., 35, was found dead from a gunshot wound.

Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss sentenced Holsinger to a minimum of 25 years in prison, including 15 years to life for the murder charge; seven years for the aggravated robbery charge; and an additional sentence of over three years (1,422 days) because the offenses occurred while Holsinger was under post-release control. The charges were to be served consecutively, with Holsinger credited with 72 days of jail time.

At the time of Holsinger’s sentencing in Highland County, Coss told Holsinger that he wanted to be sure Holsinger understood that he may be “indicted in Ross County on murder and possibly aggravated murder charges,” since that could include a death specification. The guilty plea in Highland County would therefore “be a factor to make it easy for them to establish” in Ross County, Coss said. Holsinger indicated that he understood and continued with his plea during the hearing Sept. 13, 2017.