PRESS RELEASE, 5/6/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in beating of homeless man



Four indicted in senseless beating of homeless man.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Michael Hesson (DOB 10/3/85), Riley Feller (DOB 11/16/85), Travis Condor (DOB 9/8/84), and Matthew MacMurtrie (DOB 6/4/88) in the April 10, 2010 beating of John Johnson. All four defendants are charged with Felonious Assault (Felony 2).

Johnson was living in a homeless encampment under a bridge crossing the Millcreek when he was brutally attacked by the four defendants indicted today. Johnson was struck with a baseball bat and other objects and suffered a fracture to the face and significant head lacerations.

Feller, Condor and MacMurtrie all served in the U.S. Armed Forces. MacMurtrie and Condor were most recently stationed at Ft. Bragg and Feller was most recently stationed at Ft. Knox. The three became acquainted when they were stationed together at some point during their military service. While visiting friends in Cincinnati, they became acquainted with Norwood resident Hesson.

If convicted of the felonious assault charges, the defendants face up to 8 years in prison.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "We take the senseless beating of any individual seriously. Perhaps the defendants in this case were counting on a homeless victim being particularly vulnerable and not cooperating with the police or not having community support. The defendants were wrong and stand indicted today on serious charges."