COSHOCTON — Jordan L. Green, 31, of Newcomerstown, has been sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 35 years in connection with the death of a Coshocton man in 2017.
Green pleaded guilty last week in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court to seven charges — aggravated murder, an unclassified felony; abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony; and five counts of tampering with a corpse, a third-degree felony.
He was charged in the death of 26-year-old Michael L. Hamm.
Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given said that Green’s sentence was approved beforehand by the victim’s family.
Hamm’s family met several times with Given.
"They indicated after several discussions that they were in favor of a global resolution that would guarantee an outcome that would put Jordan Green behind bars for the rest of his life," Given said. "It is the intention of the family and my intention to make sure he is not granted parole."
Hamm had been reported missing by his family and friends on May 16, 2017. That started an in-depth investigation into his whereabouts. On May 19, a blue 2001 Ford Ranger belonging to Hamm was located in Linton Township in southern Coshocton County.
Human remains were located and recovered in the Wills Creek area of Linton Township on May 22. The following day, Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn ruled that the remains were those of Hamm.
Given noted that there was never a concrete motive for the crime.
Several other suspects in the case have all pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. Awaiting sentencing are Michael T. Mencer of West Lafayette; Anthony L. Estvanko of Coshocton; Paul M. Wilcox III of Coshocton; Richard L. Westhafer of West Lafayette; Skiylar E. Johnson of Port Washington; and Aerial J. Westhafer of West Lafayette.
(Jon Baker is a staff writer at The Times-Reporter, Dover-New Philadelphia)