Former State Highway Patrol trooper sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing guns

William Elschlager

DELAWARE CO., OH (WCMH) — A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 3 years community control after being found guilty of theft while in office. 

According to Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien, 48-year-old William Elschlager was indicted after two guns were found in his Marietta home. The firearms were found during a search related to another investigation.

The guns had been evidence during the time Elschlager worked for the Delaware County post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Elschlager was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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