Couple connected to mauling of Klonda Richey in jail

Andrew L. Nason and Julie Custer, who owned the dogs that mauled Klonda Richey in February, are in jail.

Nason is in jail on two counts for control of dogs, a first-degree misdemeanor. According to the Montgomery County jail website, he was arrested early Friday morning on Old Orchard Avenue.

Jail records show Custer is in custody but charges were not listed.

A Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict Nason, 29, and Julie Custer, 26 - Klonda Richey's neighbors who owned the dogs - on any charges related to Richey's death. The grand jury ignored charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide and failing to confine or restrain a dog. The dogs which killed Richey were registered to Custer.

Assistant prosecutor Andrew Sexton, said Nason faces a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on each count.

"The city of Dayton prosecutor's office has been reviewing the Dayton Police Department's investigation simultaneous to the grand jury, and as of yesterday's announcement we approved the charges in the matter. Hopefully the facts of the case will result in a closer look at the statute involving dogs and other companion animals," Sexton said.

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