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Charges mount for local man accused of murder

Three new felony counts have been added to the indictment of a local man already charged with murder. 

Matthew E. Wolfe, 46, was charged with murder, aggravated trafficking in drugs, grand theft and tampering with evidence after he allegedly shot and killed Craig Oxley, 41, of Pine Aire Village near The Plains, according to court documents.

A new bill of particulars for Wolfe filed Wednesday added three new charges of felonious assault, attempted murder and aggravated murder.

Wolfe allegedly shot and killed Oxley July 21, 2010, in Chauncey with a stolen firearm that he then removed from the scene. He also allegedly sold or offered to sell Hydrocodone to Steven Hunter.

The three new charges state Wolfe shot the firearm at Hunter in an attempt to kill him and that he “did, purposely, with prior calculation and design, cause the death of (Oxley).”

Attempted murder is a first-degree felony. Felonious assault is a second-degree felony. Tampering with evidence and grand theft are third-degree felonies. Aggravated trafficking in drugs is a fourth-degree felony.

Wolfe could spend a maximum of 29 years and six months in prison and pay a maximum fine of $60,000 if convicted of all those charges at a trial, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

Aggravated murder and murder are special felonies. Wolfe could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison and receive a maximum fine of $15,000 if convicted of murder. He could be sentenced to life, life without parole or death and a maximum fine of $25,000 if convicted of aggravated murder, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

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