SIDNEY — Brandon L. Steele, 35, of Sidney, who shot a Sidney law enforcement official, was sentenced to serve up to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree felony charges of attempted murder and felonious assault with a gun specification.
Sentencing for each of the charges breaks down as follows: for attempted murder, Steele was sentenced to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 years in prison, for felonious assault, he received 10 years in prison, and for the gun specification, a mandatory three years in prison.
Due to Steele’s previous history of criminal conduct, and the fact that there were multiple offenses committed, the combined sentences for each of the offenses are to be served consecutively.
Steele received 146 days of jail credit and is required to pay all costs of prosecution.
After release, he was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of two years of probation that could be extended up to at maximum of five years.
On March 1, 2022, Steel was also classified as a violent offender, and was mandated to enroll annually in the Violent Offender Database, requiring him to keep it up to date as to any educational institutions he attends and workplaces where he is employed following his release from prison.
On Oct. 6, 2021, two Sidney Police officers — Sgt. Tim Kennedy and Patrol Officer Brandon M. Heindle — attempted to serve a warrant on Steele. Steele fled, fired at and shot Kennedy, and after an ensuing county-wide police manhunt and SWAT team standoff, was apprehended. Kennedy underwent emergency surgery at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and was released six days later.