Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced the indictment of Randall Mickey (DOB 3/27/86) for the murder of Michael Sweeney.
Mickey has been indicted for two counts of Murder (SF), two counts of Felonious Assault (F2), two counts of Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3), and Tampering with Evidence (F3). If convicted on all charges, Mickey faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.
On May 13, 2023, Sweeney and two women drove to a BP gas station located at 2112 Montana Avenue. While at the gas station, one of the women, Kimberly Cragwell, exited Sweeney’s vehicle and entered Mickey’s vehicle, where she purchased drugs. Cragwell then returned to Sweeney’s vehicle.
Mickey believed Cragwell gave him the incorrect amount of money. He got out of his vehicle and confronted her through the driver-side window of Sweeney’s car.
Sweeney drove away from the BP parking lot. Mickey followed Sweeney onto I-75 and fired two shots into Sweeney’s vehicle. Sweeney was struck in the head and his vehicle crashed. When officers responded, Cragwell made false statements to police regarding the nature of the incident; claiming it was a road-rage incident.
As a result, Cragwell has been charged with Obstructing Justice (F3).
Upon transport to the hospital, Sweeney was listed in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on May 15, 2023.
On June 2, 2023, CPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Mickey. During the arrest, Mickey threw a firearm in an attempt to conceal it from law enforcement. Mickey is not permitted to possess firearms due to prior convictions for Trafficking in Heroin and Trafficking in Cocaine.
Mickey previously served 5 years in prison relating to drug trafficking and weapons convictions in Clermont County. Mickey was on parole at the time of the incident. He was released from prison on January 30, 2023.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers commented, “It is tragic and unbelievable that a man lost his life over a mere $2.00.
This felon, who was on parole, showed immense recklessness and callousness by shooting into a moving vehicle with three passengers on a busy interstate.
There is no understanding the senseless actions of this individual. Yet, it is undeniably clear that he should spend the rest of his life in prison.”