Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
December 5, 2012 9:59 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Few things are more haunting than a wrongful death, wanton sexual act or incidence of violence. The impact of crime on victims is substantial, and there is also a toll on attorneys. Prosecutor John Thatcher and assistant prosecutors Jennifer Springer and Chip McConville tackle about 200 felony cases a year in Knox County. Most involve nonviolent offenses, but all too often victims are brutalized or violated.


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“Criminals do some horrible things, and what we hear and see will keep you up at night,” Springer says. “I thought I would become hardened to it, but after seven and-a-half years, I haven’t.”

On average, a dozen or so felons a year are sentenced to five or more years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster. Dennis Lamp, 34, and 20-year-old John Brookins, both of Mount Vernon, were convicted this year for raping children. Each received a sentence of 10 years to life. Another predator, George Orndorff, 51, of Mount Vernon, is serving 12 years for gross sexual imposition on a minor.





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