Andrew Z starts jail sentenceWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Former morning radio show host Andrew Zepeda started his 30-day jail sentence at the Wood County Justice Center on Jan. 21 as scheduled, after Wood County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry did not respond to a request for a stay of incarceration.
Zepeda asked Mayberry to stay the incarceration portion of his sentencing while his appeals case, filed Jan. 15, is pending.
The appeal asks the 6th District Court of Appeals to reverse Mayberry’s Oct. 26 decision that Zepeda violated the terms of his intervention in lieu of conviction by participating in a celebrity charity boxing match on Sept. 13, at which alcohol was served. After found to be in violation, Zepeda was removed from the intervention in lieu program and found guilty of three felony charges stemming from a 2010 break-in at his former Levis Commons pizzeria.
“It’s a little bit odd I think because he could have ruled on it, even to deny it,” said Zepeda’s attorney Beau Harvey. “There’s no real reason for him not to do it in my opinion. I’m just a little bit baffled by the whole thing.”
The request was also filed with the 6th District Court of Appeals, but Mayberry is given the right to rule on the request first, Harvey said. On Jan. 18, the court of appeals requested Harvey refile the request and include more information, stating they could not rule on the request as written. Harvey refiled the request Jan. 22 and the court of appeals is now expected to decide whether Zepeda should finish his jail time or be released pending appeal.
A date for the appeal has not been set.
Mayberry sentenced Zepeda on Dec. 20 to 30 days at the Wood County Justice Center, starting Jan. 21, and five years’ community control, including no bars or alcohol.
Zepeda was abruptly fired Dec. 26 by Cumulus Media along with most of his on-air crew. “Andrew Z in the Morning: The People’s Show” had been on Cumulus since July 2011, starting at 100.7 The Vibe and moving to Star 105 in March.