Knox Twp. man pleads guilty in homicide

LISBON – A Knox Township man accused of shooting his neighbor on his front porch pleaded guilty Thursday to three charges, including reckless homicide with a gun.

Frank Gorichky, 54, Kevin Drive, Alliance, also pleaded guilty to having a weapon while under a disability and obstruction of official business amended from tampering with evidence. He appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

The charges stem from the death of Michael S. Fisher last July 2.

Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said Thursday the charges carry a possible 10-year prison sentence if Judge Scott Washam would choose to run them consecutively. Prior to the amended charge, Gorichky was facing up to 12 years.

Gamble said the plea agreement did not include what sentence the prosecution would request at the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 26.

The plea cancels the jury trial set for May 19.

Gamble said the prosecutor’s office met with the family of Fisher in the last three weeks about the proposed plea agreement and the family was pleased the matter will be resolved.

The court documents accused Gorichky of recklessly causing the death of Fisher while brandishing or displaying a 12-gauge shotgun. He is also accused of altering the gun at the crime scene by changing the placement of the gun and changing the position of Fisher’s body to mislead investigators.

The two men were longtime friends and neighbors at the Country Squire Mobile Home Park. However, after a long day of delivering a refrigerator together and drinking, things reportedly went sour.

During the preliminary hearing, it had become apparent a woman had reportedly been invited over by Fisher and some of the argument was believed to have begun because of her. It is thought Fisher, 46, went to Gorichky’s trailer several times, and at one point Gorichky got a shotgun out of the bedroom, loaded it and went to the front door to meet Fisher.

At some point during that argument, Fisher was shot in the abdomen. He died of his injuries.

Gorichky, who was already not supposed to possess a weapon after a 1990 felony drug offense, reportedly told investigators he did not mean to kill Fisher when he went to the door.