Former Cambridge Police Officer Pleads No Contest In November Shooting

By
WOUB Staff Writer

Dateline
Updated Mon, Aug 20, 2012 2:12 pm

A former Cambridge police officer, charged in a November shooting, entered a plea in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court Monday morning.

69-year-old Ralph Watkins of Cambridge pleaded no contest to a single count of felonious assault with a firearm specification.

The judge then found Watkins guilty of the second-degree felony.

Watkins was arrested in November after shooting a 27-year-old male neighbor in Cambridge's Fairgrounds Addition.

Investigators say the shooting took place over Watkins' ongoing suspicions that a neighbor was poisoning his cats.

The victim survived the shooting.

Watkins faces a recommended five-year sentence, a provision of his negotiated plea.

That plea was approved by both the Cambridge Police Department and the victim.

A pre-sentence investigation will determine if the recommended sentence is accepted.

Watkins could face up to 11 years imprisonment when he is sentenced Sept. 26.

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