First defendant in Bluffton officer death pleads guilty to Medina Co. charges

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 12:08 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The first of three men arrested in connection to the death of a Bluffton Police officer pleaded guilty to some charges Wednesday.

Dante Tate was charged with Failure to Comply and Receiving Stolen Property in Medina County.

He will be sentenced August 8.

Tate is also facing a series of charges in Hancock County, where Francis was killed, including complicity to receiving stolen property, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, theft and/or grand theft of a motor vehicle, and receiving stolen property. His next hearing is set for July 15.

Two others, Zachary Love and Emin Johnson await their trials. Johnson is facing involuntary manslaughter, failure to comply with police, and receiving stolen property charges. Love is facing receiving stolen property and having weapons under disability charges.

42-year-old Dominic Francis was struck by the vehicle while attempting to deploy stop-sticks on the southbound I-75 exit on the east side of Bluffton on March 31.

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