Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Dean Risner Convicted of Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Published on February 9th, 2017


Dean Risner has been convicted in the Preble County Court of Common Pleas for Manufacturing and Possessing Methamphetamine; facing a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence

Ronald Dean Risner, age 52, was convicted following a one day bench trial on Monday January 30, 2017, in the Preble County Court of Common Pleas. Risner was found guilty by the Court of “Illegal Manufacture of Drugs”, a felony of the second degree, (2925.04(A)), “Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs”, a felony of the third degree, “Aggravated Possession of Drugs”, a felony of the second degree (2925.11(A)(C)(1)(c)), “Having Weapons While Under Disability”, a felony of the third degree (2923.13(A)(3)), and “Drug Paraphernalia”, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree (2925.14(A)(C)(1))”. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gractia S. Manning represented the State of Ohio at the trial, with Wayne Staton representing the Defendant, Judge David N. Abruzzo presiding.

Det. Dean Miller of the Preble County Sheriff’s Office arrested Risner on December 17, 2012, following the execution of a search warrant at his residence on Oxford Germantown Road in Camden. The search warrant stemmed from an individual seeing items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine while picking up a car at that location. Inside the small, one-bedroom residence and in the garage, numerous chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized by law enforcement, along with an active methamphetamine “cook” in process, as well as finished product methamphetamine, multiple firearms, and over $2,000.00 in cash. In Risner’s bedroom police discovered and seized over two grams of the methamphetamine, as well as chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine; the cash was found in Risner’s pocket upon his arrested. The active methamphetamine “cook” was found in the kitchen, and pseudoephedrine tablets were found in the kitchen and on a desk next to more methamphetamine and digital scales.

Risner fled Preble County in January, 2014 after his indictment, but before trial. Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel authorized a reward for any information leading to Risner’s arrest, funding the reward with drug forfeiture proceeds. The reward inspired cooperation with law enforcement and lead to Risner’s arrest by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshall’s Office.

The Defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. and is facing a mandatory minimum of five years in prison for the Illegal Manufacturing charge and three years for the Illegal Assembly charge. Risner also faces a mandatory minimum of two years for the Aggravated Possession charge and three years for the Weapons charge. Risner will also be subject to a mandatory period of post release control of 3 years upon his release from prison.

    Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel: “Methamphetamine production and abuse continue to

    plague our community, together with the rampant spread of opiate addiction. This defendant had previously been convicted of methamphetamine-related offenses, and was long known among law enforcement sources to be very active in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in Preble County. Since his flight from justice in 2014, Dean Risner had been on Preble County’s proverbial “most wanted list”. His apprehension, conviction, and pending severe prison sentences are well-deserved and long overdue. This is a very positive development in our community’s continuing battle against drug production, trafficking, and abuse.”