Clark County man pleads guilty to shooting, killing step father

A Clark County man pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and killing his stepfather and will spend between 18 years to life in prison.

Larry Osher, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of murder with a gun specification for the shooting on March 30 that led to the death of Todd Paul. Osher was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years, said Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll.

“It’s not every day we have someone plead guilty to murder without going to trial and we’re happy with the outcome of the case,” Driscoll said.

In the plea deal, a charge of murder and a charge felonious assault were dismissed. The guilty plea to the remaining murder charge carried a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison, so Osher was sentenced to prison the same day as his plea, Driscoll explained. With the gun specification, Osher will be eligible for possible parole after serving 18 years, he said.

Osher was originally indicted by a Clark County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and having weapons while under disability, but was later indicted on murder charges after Paul died April 23 from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Described as a career criminal with an extensive criminal history, Osher had recently been released from a California prison on a sentence of 25 years to life from a conviction in the late 1990s and had moved to Clark County, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly. After the shooting, Kelly described Osher as a violent repeat offender with past convictions of felonious assault and escaping from police custody.

On the evening of the March shooting, Osher’s mother called 9-1-1 and said her son had shot her husband inside her home on East Possum Road. Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home and set up a perimeter because the woman had told dispatchers Osher had access to multiple guns inside of the home, Kelly said.

Nearly an hour into the standoff, deputies entered the garage of the home and took Osher into custody and Paul was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of gunshots wounds, where he later died.

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