Former Buckeye Jim Stillwagon Indicted on Four Counts of Felonious Assault

February 2, 2013 at 8:22a    by Jason Priestas    

You may have remembered that former Buckeye great Jim Stillwagon, a member of the 1968 national championship team, was arrested in October for shooting a pickup-truck in a bout of road rage. At the time, Stillwagon's attorney said the former All-American fired the shots in self-defense.

A grand jury didn't buy it:

A Delaware County grand jury indicted Stillwagon, 63, of the Far North Side on four counts of felonious assault with a firearm, the county prosecutor’s office announced yesterday. The former All-American could serve between five and 29 years in prison if convicted of the charges. He was free on bail.


Killer nuts's picture

Sad day for all involved. The self-defense argument is pretty absurd considering Stillwagon followed the guy for 14 miles before shooting out his tires and then shooting in to the car. Thank goodness he didn't hit his mark. Road rage is a scary thing, some of the most normal and calm people can go nuts when they get behind the wheel of a car. Drive safely and defensively folks!

cajunbuckeye's picture

WTF! From Buckeye Great to inmate, in a flurry of extremely irrational decisions. My Stillwagon picture is hanging two over from my Hopalong Cassidy. It's very disappointing when your sports heroes become normal, stupid people.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

okiebuck's picture

Sad story; typically people get wiser with age but apparently not in Stillwagons' case.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

OSUnathen's picture

I hope Mr Stillwagon will have plenty of time in jail to think how stupid he was.

Schierbuck's picture

I was driving south on 315 once and some guy in a service van was tailgating me so I (lighlty from my perspective) tapped my breaks hoping he'd either back of or go around me.  This was near the hospital curve.  Dude followed me all the way to my destination along 670 halfway between down downtown and 270.  And it was clear he was following me followed me at every lane change.  Road Rage is crazy.  He broke off at the exit, but if he was armed . . . 
Hope Stillwagon gets some help for his road rage.  But I will be looking out for him on the highway.  Don't want to make him angry.  You don't want to see Stillwagon angry.

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

Maybe he suffers from CTE. I would hope there would be some irrational reason for all of this.

BuckeyeLawyer's picture

I was thinking the same thing.  I think this will become an interesting case if CTE is used as some sort of defense (although I am not sure that you can diagnose it until a person is deceased).

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Damn. I hadn't heard about that. It would have been better if the felonious assault charges were being levied retroactively, for his a involvemt in the '68 version of the Game. 


hodge's picture

No excuses for this kind of shit.  Road rage is one thing, but almost murdering someone while shooting at them from a moving vehicle is the stuff of nightmares.

Baroclinicity's picture

There's an ad below this article on my PC that says to click on it to view my arrest record now...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

harleymanjax's picture

Before we jump to conclusions, let's wait for the facts!
Maybe he was shooting at a Michigan fan? Totally acceptable in my book!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

addman1405's picture

ಠ_ಠ...My sarcasm meter is broken.

HighBallAce's picture

Thats not really funny! He fired several shots at the guy and tried to kill him!

NoVA Buckeye's picture

You're not supposed to kill Michigan fans, you're supposed to beat them up and spit on their face afterwards. Killing is not okay in my book.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

harleymanjax's picture

At least somebody on here understands sarcasm!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Knarcisi's picture

Sad for Stillwagon and maybe not an appropriate place, but always loved this story on Bob Gibson. He was always known to be a snarly competitor, but this is great.  Probably whipped the ass of a guy 20 years younger than him.