Springfield man sentenced to prison for shooting

Curtis Long

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Curtis Long

A Springfield man convicted in connection with a shooting on Woodward Avenue earlier this year will spend 11 years in prison.

Curtis Long was sentenced by Judge Richard O’Neill in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning. He pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault. Other charges, including attempted murder, were dropped.

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Long shot Jaryld Portis, 44, of Springfield multiple times before Portis was found lying in a yard in the 1400 block of Woodward on Jan. 3.

Springfield resident Dorothy Taylor said her grandson was home when the shooting happened. He called her and she said she came right away.

“He was very upset, he was crying. He was upset,” Taylor said.

Portis was shot twice in both legs, once in the right forearm, left shoulder, left buttocks and also in the groin according to a police warrant. Springfield police said Portis was conscious when they found him and he told them he knew the shooter. He gave police a description of what led to the shooting.

A confrontation led to the shooting, Clark County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Driscoll said in court Wednesday.

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According to the police report, the suspect approached Portis and asked where he had been. The victim said Long had a beer can in his hand, police said, and asked why they hadn’t seen each other recently.

“(The man) then turned around and pointed a silver handgun at him and began firing rounds at him. (Portis) said (the suspect) must have unloaded the gun on him,” according to the incident report.

Portis was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, then taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

This wasn’t Long’s first time in court. He was tried and convicted for murder in 1980.

Long was sentenced to 30 years, Driscoll said in court, and the parole board released him in 2006 after 26 years served.

His defense attorney, James Marshall, stated in court that Long has mental health, drug and alcohol issues that haven’t been properly addressed in the past 10 years.

Since his release, he’s been charged with aggravated assault for another case.

Driscoll asked the judge to give Long the maximum sentence for the felonious assault charge from the shooting.

Long was sentenced to 11 years, including eight years for felonious assault with a three-year firearm specification. He was also given three years of post-supervised release.

Taylor said he should have gotten more time.

“He deserved life, he tried to kill somebody,” she said.

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