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Man convicted of shooting neighbor dies in prison

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An 87-year-old Elyria man who was serving a long prison term for shooting a neighbor on Woodland Avenue five years ago has died in prison, his attorney said.

Paul Hashman died of renal failure on Monday at Hocking Correctional Institution, according to defense attorney Mike Duff.

Hashman was convicted of felonious assault following a seven-day jury trial in 2006 but was acquitted of attempted murder for shooting his neighbor, Darrell Oskins.

Duff learned of Hashman’s death when he was contacted by the prison. He said Hashman’s daughter, who has Down syndrome, was moved to a residential facility after her father was sentenced.

“He had me down as next of kin,” Duff said.

Hashman and Oskins had a long-running feud that began when Oskins built a garage on his property which Hashman believed obstructed his view.

In January 2004, Hashman came outside with a gun and opened fire with a nine-shot .22 caliber revolver, nearly killing Oskins, who racked up more than $1 million in medical bills and had to have more than 50 surgeries.

Hashman testified during the trial that he shot Oskins in self defense after his neighbor charged at him with a snowblower. Oskins was unavailable for comment, but his mother said her son is disabled and will never work again due to his injuries. He has since moved to LaGrange, she said.

Oskins won a $20.5 million lawsuit against Hashman, but only received about $200,000.

Duff won a legal battle to take ownership of Hashman’s Woodland Avenue house, valued at $66,500, and $7,500 in cash as payment for his legal services.

This week, the city dropped a property maintenance complaint against Duff filed in connection with the home after Duff completed about $25,000 of repairs.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.

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