Welcome to the website of the
Richland County Prosecutor's Office

Prosecutor Bishop has adopted two new slogans for the office.

To Victims of Crime: "Your rights are worth protecting,"

The theme for criminal prosecution is, "Obedience to the law is liberty."

"Those will be our themes as we take on the challenges that lie ahead in the next four years."


Gary D. Bishop 
Richland County Prosecuting Attorney

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News from the Prosecutor's Office:

Prosecutor's office celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

New prosecutor's victim advocate doubles as firefighter​ 

New Hire: Welcome Joseph Snyder to the Juvenile/Appellate Division of the Prosecutor's Office!

Promotion: Alisha Steele was promoted to Grand Jury Specialist in February 2017!

Richland County residents receive $142K from Ohio victims of crime fund

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Prosecutors Preserving Justice:

​​​​​​KEEPING RICHLAND COUNTY SAFE:  Prosecutor Bishop & the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys take immense pride in trying the cases that come before the Richland County Common Pleas Court. The following defendants will be off the streets for a period of time, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Assistant Prosecutors in colaboration with local law enforcement. To demostrate these efforts, below are highlights of some significant cases:

A Richland County Jury found Mansfield resident, Jessie Wilson GUILTY of possession of heroin & possession of cocaine, each a 2nd degree felony. He was sentenced to the maximum of 8 years in prision & ordered to forfeit $542.00 to the State of Ohio, and this defendant will not be eligible for judicial release. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amanda James represented the State of Ohio and the citizens of Richland County in this matter.

Verdict: 'Guilty'. Walter Renz Found Guilty On All 7 Charges (from WMFD-TV) Good work to First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jodie Schumacher and Chief Criminal Attorney, J. Brandon Pigg for prosecuting this case for the State of Ohio, the family of Patsy Hudson and the citizens of Richland County.

After a two-day trial in Judge Brent Robinson's courtroom, a Richland County jury found Mansfield resident Paul Heald GUILTY of possession of herion and trafficking herion, both Felonies of the First Degree. He was sentenced to the mandatory maximum of 11 years in prison for having 297.5 grams of herion laced with fentanyl. Chief Criminal Attorney J. Brandon Pigg represented the State of Ohio and the citizens of Richland County in this matter.

R.I.P. Sgt. Timothy Kitts

The Richland County Prosecutor's Office sends our deepest condolences to the family of Ashland County Sheriff's Office K9 Handler Sgt. Tim Kitts during this time of bereavement. 

Story from Richlandsource.com:
Ashland County Sheriff's Sgt. Timothy Kitts honored as he is laid to rest

To Victims of Crime: Your Rights are Worth Protecting!
"Obedience to the Law is Liberty"
Thank you for visiting the website of the Richland County Prosecutor's Office.
The office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Richland County strives to ensure that all victims and witnesses in criminal cases receive fair and courteous treatment during the course of criminal prosecution. I believe that victim/witness assistance is a major responsibility of my office and pledge our support to victims and witnesses of crime.
Gary D. Bishop
Richland County Prosecuting Attorney