WCH man sent to prison for 3 years

Stolzenburg convicted of possessing firearm while on parole

By Ryan Carter - [email protected]



A Washington C.H. man found guilty of being in possession of a firearm while on parole for an aggravated robbery conviction was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

On Nov. 3, a Fayette County jury found Michael L. Stolzenburg, 34, guilty of one count of having weapons while under disability, a felony of the third degree.

As part of a joint law enforcement operation between the US Marshals Service Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Stolzenburg was one of five individuals throughout the county served with arrest warrants in January of this year. On Jan. 29, he was served with a parole violation warrant at 3075 Ford Road Southwest, Washington C.H. — his residence at the time.

As he was served, Stolzenburg was found to be in possession of a firearm and ammunition, which violated the terms of his parole. He was convicted in 2009 of aggravated robbery, according to court records.

In Fayette County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Judge Steven Beathard sentenced Stolzenburg to three years — the maximum prison term, without sentence enhancement. In court documents, the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office stated that Stolzenburg “has a history of criminal convictions” and “has not responded favorably to sanctions imposed in the past.”

In September of 2017, the Record-Herald reported that Stolzenburg was sentenced to two years and three months in prison after brandishing a handgun on Eastern Avenue in Washington C.H. and pointing it at another man.

Stolzenburg pointed a handgun at a man in the 600 block of Eastern Avenue July 11, 2017 and then departed the residence in a maroon van with two other individuals.

Reports said Jonathan Sever, a Washington Police Department investigator, was patrolling the area in an unmarked vehicle. Sever had noticed the maroon van driving slowly through the Eastern Avenue area and was able to identify the occupants inside the van. At this time, dispatch informed officers of receiving a complaint that Stolzenburg had just pointed a handgun at someone on Eastern Avenue. Reports said Sever exited his vehicle and approached the van in the middle of the roadway and asked all three occupants to put their hands where he could see them.

Upon exiting the vehicle, a loaded magazine was located on the floorboard near Stolzenburg. A loaded Ruger .22 was located in plain view in the basket area between the front passenger and driver seats. Stolzenburg was found to have a hypodermic needle in his front pocket.

One of the other passengers in the van told police the handgun belonged to Stolzenburg and that he and another man had pointed weapons at each other in an Eastern Avenue apartment, reports said.

During his sentencing hearing in September 2017, he received a sentence of one-and-a-half years in prison for the firearm charge. In a second case for theft, Stolzenburg received a nine-month prison sentence for stealing a purse May 26 with credit cards and checks.

Reach Record-Herald Editor Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.

Stolzenburg convicted of possessing firearm while on parole

By Ryan Carter

[email protected]