Bethany Bruner, Community Editor

Former Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Phillabaum has been subpoenaed to answer questions about whether he altered a grand jury indictment.

The subpeona is part of the case involving 17-year-old Tyree Johnson. Johnson has been indicted on five charges in relation to an October shooting in Hamilton.

Johnson is being tried as an adult.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser claims Phillabaum instructed a court stenographer to add gun specifications to each count without the charges being presented to the grand jury.

Gun specifications would add an additional three years in sentencing for each count.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for March 9.

Phillabaum was let go from his job in the prosecutor’s office in early February after being beaten out for chief prosecutor by Gmoser.

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