Hancock County Man Sentenced To Prison For Murdering Wife

A Hancock County man who pleaded guilty to murdering his wife last week has learned how long he’ll be behind bars for the crime.

On September 13th, Brian L. Ziessler, 67, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of murder in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

He was originally indicted on a charge of aggravated murder in November of 2021.

Deputies arrived at 16777 Township Road 205, east of Findlay and near the reservoirs, on November 15th, 2021 to find Sherri Ziessler, 59, dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, Ziessler was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He’ll be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

“I do want to thank the Sheriff’s office and BCI for their hard work in this case.  We appreciate their efforts to help get justice for Sherri,” said Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle.

“Specifically I would thank Detective Robin May, Lt. Jason Seem, Sgt. Kris Otto, Retired Det. Barry Boutwell, Dep. Brad Sealy all of HCSO, S.A. Dave Hammond, Dr Jon Sprague, Kevin Kramer BCI, and Det. Kevin Spieker FPD. They all went above and beyond in their efforts on this case.”