No appeal for Ohio vet convicted in purple heart forgery


WARREN (AP) — Ohio’s highest court won’t hear the appeal of an Iraq War veteran convicted of changing discharge papers to get license plates intended for combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients.

The Warren Tribune Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2aB7ngD) reports that the state Supreme Court’s ruling announced last week closes the case of 35-year-old Keith Chandler of Trumbull County.

Prosecutors say Chandler used an altered document to obtain Purple Heart plates in 2009 and 2011. They say he renewed or transferred plates in the following years.

His attorney says Chandler earned the Purple Heart as a lance corporal by being wounded in a rocket attack in Iraq in April 2003.

An appeals court affirmed Chandler’s conviction.

Chandler completed a 90-day jail sentence in May. He is currently serving 200 hours of community service to veteran organizations.

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