Troy man gets 30 months for intimidation

McGill, 33, threatened to kill Magistrate Zuhl

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — On Monday, Brandon McGill, 33, of Troy, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for threatening a Miami County Municipal Court magistrate Sept. 1.

McGill was charged with third degree felony intimidation for threatening Magistrate Gary Zuhl during an arraignment for resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault charges.

Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins said McGill voiced a variety of threats to law enforcement officials on Sept. 1, saying he would “bury” the public official. McGill also stated he would “put a bullet in his head” as well as threatening to kill Zuhl upon his release from jail.

Prior to sentencing, McGill told Judge Jeannine Pratt he had written a letter of apology to Magistrate Zuhl.

“My mind didn’t catch up with my mouth,” said McGill prior to sentencing. McGill said he suffers from a variety of mental health issues and claimed he had changed medications prior to the incident. Zuhl did not provide a victim impact statement.

Judge Pratt listed McGill’s criminal history, including his 10 probation periods. Pratt found McGill expressed no genuine remorse for threatening the public official. McGill received 19 days of jail credit. He will serve three years of post-release control.

In other court news:

The Troy man who prepared illegal anabolic steroids was sentenced to three years of community control on Monday.

Joshua E. Studebaker, 37, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a home on Dronfield Road in Troy on Feb. 1.

Studebaker apologized for his actions, stating, “I took it too far.” He said he began as friends working out at the gym and escalated from there.

Judge Christopher Gee ordered Studebaker to complete a drug abuse assessment as part of his community control conditions.

“You have an opportunity …I think you can be successful at this,” Gee said. If Studebaker violates conditions of community control, Gee reserved up to eight years in prison.

Studebaker also forfeited $200 seized by authorities.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized as evidence numerous vials of various steroids, packages of steroids in powder form, chemicals and manufacturing equipment for processing powder into liquid steroids for the purpose of sale.

Two firearms were also seized from the residence.

Studebaker was indicted on one count of second degree manufacturing illegal drugs.

McGill, 33, threatened to kill Magistrate Zuhl

By Melanie Yingst