He admits to cyberstalking sheriff; now he wants a trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus man is asking a judge for permission to withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of harassing a county sheriff in the state for nearly 20 years via letters, emails and websites.

According to a criminal affidavit filed last year, the harassment began in 1999 when William Young was arrested by Russell Martin, then a Delaware County officer and now the county sheriff.

Young pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to a charge of cyberstalking. 

He's set for sentencing May 1 where he faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Young's attorney, Andrew Sanderson, says Young now wants a trial.

Sanderson says Young was surprised to learn he was facing a maximum five years, even after pleading guilty.

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