Licking County News

Grand jury indicts man for 2007 murder in Pataskala


A Licking County grand jury on May 30 indicted 36-year-old Rastamon A. Wilson on murder and robbery charges stemming from a 2007 home invasion on Ashcraft Drive in Pataskala.

The indictment claims Wilson was involved in the home invasion Aug. 19, 2007, during which Donathon D. Moon, 27, was shot and killed and Amanda M. Robinson was shot and wounded.

The Licking County Prosecuting Attorney's office did not release Robinson's age or address. The Columbus Dispatch reported in 2007 that she was a 27-year-old Columbus resident.

The Dispatch story also said Moon was a Dayton resident.

Wilson was indicted for aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary and felonious assault, all of which carry a gun specification that could add three years to sentencing.

He also was indicted for having a weapon under disability.

If convicted on all charges, he faces life in prison for the murder charges and a potential jail sentence of more than 50 years on the other charges.

Brian Waltz, of the Licking County Prosecuting Attorney's office, said he could not comment on why the indictment was returned six years after the crime occurred.

Wilson is in the Ross Correctional Institution, finishing a five- to 25-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon that dates back to 1994.

He entered the correctional institution on Jan. 25, 1995.

He was released on parole Dec. 1, 2005, but was returned to prison Jan. 2, 2009 after violating his parole, said Ricky Seyfang, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Franklin County court records show Wilson pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability and improper use of a firearm on Jan. 1, 2007, and was sentenced to 14 months in jail.

He was released on parole again and found guilty of attempting to have a weapon under disability on Oct. 24, 2008. He was sentenced to six months in prison and has not been released.

Seyfang said Wilson's next parole board hearing is scheduled Dec. 1, 2015, but that could change if he is found guilty on the charges in Licking County court.