The conviction that sent Geran to prison also classified him as a sex offender requiring him to register when released from prison. According to the Butler County grand jury indictment handed down six days after the standoff, Geran failed to do so. The charges are third-degree felonies.
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Geran pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to be back in Judge Greg Howard’s courtroom on Aug. 22.
According to the Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, Geran shot Megan Motter in the head, killing her, and dumped her body off Woodsdale Road in Madison Twp.
The investigation of Motter’s death led deputies to an apartment in Trenton.
When deputies knocked on the door of the Sal Boulevard apartment, Geran shot at them, according to Jones. The sheriff said deputies returned fire, shooting about three rounds of bullets as they took cover.
Inside, Geran had three hostages: his 26-year-old girlfriend, Gina McCleary; her 27-year-old sister, Tammy Davis; and their mother, 63-year-old Sharon McCleary, Jones said. Over the course of about two hours, Geran continued to fire between five and eight times at the deputies outside, but negotiators were able to talk him into releasing the sisters.
Sheriff’s Office negotiators were eventually able to talk Geran out of the home.
However, when he let the second sister out, he immediately closed the door, according to the sheriff’s office.
Geran then crawled out, having shot himself in the chin with a .380 caliber gun. Inside the apartment, deputies found Sharon McCleary dead from an apparent gunshot wound.