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Four indicted in homeless man beating

John Johnson John Johnson
Michael Hesson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Michael Hesson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Riley Feller (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Riley Feller (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Four people, including three members of the U.S. Armed Forces, have been indicted for the brutal beating of a homeless man.

Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment of Michael Hesson, 24, Riley Feller, 24, Travis Condor, 25, and Matthew MacMurtrie, 21 for the April 10 beating of John Johnson. All four are charged with felonious assault.

Johnson was living in a homeless encampment under a bridge crossing when he was allegedly attacked with baseball bats and other objects. Johnson suffered a fracture to the face and head lacerations.

Feller, Condor and MacMurtrie all served in the U.S. Armed Forces. MacMurtrie and Condor were most recently stationed at Fort Bragg and Feller was most recently stationed at Fort Knox. All three became acquainted at some point during their military service. While visiting friends in Cincinnati, they met Hesson, of Norwood.

Police are working on warrants for Condor and MacMurtie. Feller had been wanted for another assault in May 2009 and a DUI charge. He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. Hesson is out on bond.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 8 years in prison.

"We take the senseless beating of any individual seriously," said Deters. "Perhaps the defendants in this case were counting on a homeless victim being particularly vulnerable and not cooperating with the police or not having community support. The defendants were wrong and stand indicted today on serious charges."


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