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Columbus Library Shooter Gets Eight-Plus Years In Prison

Sep 18, 2017

Joseph Steward
Credit Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The man charged with shooting and wounding another man inside of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch in June has been sentenced to 8 and 1/2 years in prison.

28-year-old Joseph Steward pleaded guilty to felonious assault and inducing panic. Prosecutors say Steward opened fire after an argument with the victim, 47-year-old John Thrasher. Thrasher sustained a wound to one of his ankles.