Gilmore pleads guilty to shooting, theft

Staff report

A Toledo man accused of shooting and wounding a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy in July while fleeing authorities awaits sentencing after pleading guilty Nov. 6 to charges in a nine-count indictment against him.

Standing before Judge Jeffrey Robinson in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Jeshua Gilmore 18, of Toledo pleaded guilty to: one count of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony; three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree felonies; one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony; and one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

The attempted aggravated murder charge carries a three-year firearm specification. Gilmore faces a possible sentence of more than 30 years in prison.

Other charges in the indictment included breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, felonious assault, and assaulting a police dog or horse.

Gilmore remains incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker while the county’s Adult Probation Department conducts a pre-sentence investigation. His guilty pleas come on the heel of a jury trial that was scheduled to begin Dec. 5.

The charges were related to the shooting of veteran Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Simon following a car pursuit July 31. The sheriff’s office received a call about 10 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle at the Country Corral at State Route 109 and County Road H. When the vehicle, driven by Gilmore, was approached by authorities it drove off, according to Sheriff Roy Miller.

Simon and Delta police officers pursued the vehicle, and during the chase Gilmore’s car experienced mechanical failure near State Route 109 and U.S. 20 (Central Avenue). As Simon and a K-9 dog approached, Gilmore left the vehicle and fired four shots. Simon was struck twice on his left side under the armpit.

An accomplice, Skye Thibodeaux, 18, also exited the vehicle and ran. She faces a six-count indictment including criminal damaging and obstructing justice.

Simon was transported by air ambulance to The Toledo Hospital. He has since recovered and returned to duty.

Gilmore fled to Toledo, where he was arrested Aug. 22 at an apartment complex. Prior to the shooting, he had been suspected of a series of car thefts and vehicle break-ins in Fulton County.

Staff report