Matthew J. Dempsey booking photo following his arrest earlier this year.
Matthew J. Dempsey booking photo following his arrest earlier this year.
PAULDING – Matthew J. Dempsey, 46, Paulding, was in Paulding County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for a change of plea hearing.

Dempsey was being charged with aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, for the murder of Gina L. Mann on April 15.

He changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of murder, an unclassified felony. The specifications for the weapons were dropped as were the additional charges for escape (F3) and vandalism (F5).

Dempsey was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the family of the victim for funeral expenses. The weapon used in the crime was also forfeited to the Paulding County Sheriff Department.

Family members of the victim were able to give statements to Dempsey and the strong emotions were felt by everyone in the courtroom.