(9-28-22) Nicholas Schwieterman (37) of Chickasaw was sent to prison in the deaths of four Mercer County teenagers while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2008. Schwieterman will have a hearing for a judicial release (3rd attempt) on Thursday afternoon in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

Schwieterman and his attorneys cited in court documents that he has has numerous accolades during his time of incarceration and to rehabilitate himself…including his involvement with several projects and a spotless record during his time in prison. 


Schwieterman was found to be at fault for the accident that took the lives of Jordan Moeller (18) Celina, Jordan Diller (19) Maria Stein, Jordan Goettemoeller (19) Maria Stein and Bradley Roeckner (19) Celina. The Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Moeller stuck Schwieterman’s Pontiac Bonneville after Schwieterman failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of Mercer County Rd. 716A and Brockman Rd. It was later determined that Schwieterman had a blood alcohol level of 0.134 and had used cocaine that evening.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham at the time of the sentencing sentenced Schwieterman to six years in prison on each of four counts of involuntary manslaughter, with each term to run consecutively for a total of 24 years…plus one year in prison for a drug possession charge and six months in jail for operating a vehicle under the influence, with those terms concurrent to the involuntary manslaughter sentence.

Schwieterman was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and issued a 31/2-year operator’s license suspension… the maximum allowed by the law for the crimes.

Schwieterman was given a 24 year prison sentence and has already served 14 years.

Did you know…

Former St. Henry resident Staush Homan (27) was ordered released in November of 2014 after serving five years and eight months of a nine-year prison term.

Homan was sentenced in March 2009 on four counts of reckless homicide and two counts of trafficking in drugs. He was convicted of selling cocaine to Nicholas Schwieterman.

In 2019 Homan was indicted on dealing drugs.