Hi we are the family of Jeron Sutton. He is currently sitting in the Seneca County jail in the very small town of Tiffin Ohio. Jeron is a father, son, uncle, brother and husband who is incarcerated for some very serious crimes that he did not commit that have his life on the line. On January 3rd 2020, Jeron was arrested And charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and having weapons under disability which could send him to prison for life if wrongly convicted.
He is the prime example of a young man who was the victim of his environment. Born into an impoverished broken home as many economically challenged minorities are, Jeron made decisions as a teen that he has paid the consequences for several times over. His transformation is beyond commendable. But his past is the primary reason they are trying to pin these charges on him today.
Jeron not only served time for his teenage decisions, but is still paying everyday because of the stigma associated with being a felon; no matter how much time has passed since the conviction. So much in fact that he has had Officers harass him to the point of threatening his life on multiple occasions. He has been profiled, pulled over, and searched so many times we have lost count. We purchased our first new vehicle and had the inside torn apart and searched multiple times only to find nothing at all! He was even harassed by TPD after being shot 5 times in 2014 because one of the perpetrators left a weapon behind after an attempt on his life! This incident alone caused him no doubt to have some PTSD. Just recently he had a gun pulled on him by police officers who verbalized that that they would kill him. This incident was crucial because after going to internal affairs about it, he was told that the officer had on no body cam; therefore nothing could be done.
These new charges are stemming from an incident in a the small town of Fostoria Ohio. He is accused of being involved with the the death of a close friend, who was shot and killed during a home invasion. Although Jeron was not there to commit this heinous crime he is being treated as if he did. On top of that, he is being mistreated, neglected and denied basic human rights in the jail. As far as the police department and media is concerned he is already guilty. Everything about the entire case has been rather faulty from the beginning. Being that he has not went to trial yet I cannot share a huge amount of detail, but I can tell you what I learned from the police and news outlets: a home in fostoria was broken into the homeowner shot and killed one intruder, and it was immediately said by news that he shot a second intruder and that intruder ran away. The fostoria police department are charging Jeron as the second intruder. There is literally no physical evidence to place him in the home at all. The police asked him to come to the station for questions and he went willingly and fully cooperated with their investigation. While he was there answering questions, they sent armed officers to our house, knowing only our kids were there, to bust through our door and destroy our home. I still tremble recalling the day. They terrified our children to death. Aged 14 down to 5. Some primary things they were looking for were weapons and bloody clothes (since the other intruder was shot im assuming) Of course they found none of those items. This all happened in October of 2019. Jeron was ultimately released. At that point we have been trying to move on with our lives after such a traumatic ordeal. While trying to do this we had no idea that Jeron was still even a person of interest. After all they examined him, questioned me and collected no physical evidence from my home, or the scene. Unbeknownst to us they were still activiely trying to charge home and indicted him in December on the above charges. We literally had no clue he was indicted or had a warrant until the day the police arrested him. The media painted the picture that he was fleeing from the police due to having murder charges. Which again was not true. He was stopped, looked up and saw a gun in his window and took off. Had no idea what was going on and was scared for his life. None of this was stated or shown on the news at all. At this point we are convinced that not only is evidence being planted and or tampered with, but that he is being targeted so that they can get a conviction since they cannot find the other suspect. As I mentioned before this is a very small and predominantly white town. I go check on him and visit him every single weekend and we go to every court date and I have yet to see an African American working at the jail or the court house which is scary to me.
Upon arrest jeron's hand was broken. He practically begged for medical attention from both the lucas county jail and Seneca county jail only to be ignored. Both facilities correctional officers and medical staff repeatedly told him his hand wasn't fractured. His fingers were so swollen that they didn't even bother taking his wedding ring off. They reluctantly started to give him Ice for it and the swelling went down but the pain never went away. Finally after about 2 weeks of begging for treatment seneca county jail took him for an xray. At this point they found out it was indeed broken but was too late for them to set it or anything due to the time that lapsed. He fell on it at the end of February and fractured it further and again is getting no treatment. Any grievances filed were replied to with lies. They have denied all medical acomadations requested and they have not bothered to take his vitals or any other reassuring medical procedures required for a inmate in his condition. Just knowing that he is in there for a crime he didn't commit and in a completely vulnerable state is terrifying.
Due to the circumstances of this case we really need an excellent defense team. We are rightfully terrified that we won't get a fair trial based on many factors. A few include the way the media has already tarnished his name. His history of having a prior felony, the overall indictment in spite of having no physical evidence, the media, and the population of the town itself are all huge obstacles to getting a fair trial. At this point it is imperative that on top of our lawyer we pay for our own specialists as well as investigators. Our funds are really limited at this point. Trying to maintain the household, 6 children, and all these unexpected legal expenses Is overwhelming financially and emotionally. Our ultimate goal is be able to pay for legal fees and a bond so that our family can maintain some normality as we await trial.
With a tarnished name and little faith In the justice system today, we are asking for support. EVERYTHING is appreciated even if it is just advice or recommendations. Jeron is a Loving father and husband to our 5 sons and daughter. Over the years Jeron has worked hard to established himself as a successful kennel owner, a contract worker for county projects, and most importantly a loving FATHER. His occupations gave him a flexible schedule and allowed him to be a hands-on parent. His presence is needed in the home tremendously. Our daughter Jayah who is the youngest is the most shattered. Their bond is like no other! Missing her father daughter dance last month was devastating for them both. It is so much that he has missed out on these last 3 months. Time that none of us can get back. We just want him home. I appreciate everyone that took the time to read this and if you have any questions I am more than willing to answer them. Thank you again!