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Son Of Murdered Pill Mill Doctor Pleads Guilty In His Death

Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Jonah Hill, now 20, will spend at least 15 years in prison for his father Kevin's death.

A New Albany-area man has pleaded guilty to murdering his father, who was a convicted pill mill doctor awaiting a five-year prison term at the time of his death.

On June 22, 2017, Jonah Lake, who was 19 at the time, called 9-1-1 to say he thought someone had shot his father Kevin Lake. The elder Lake had recently pleaded guilty to drug, fraud and tax charges, and told police threats had been made against his family after he agreed to testify against others in the case.

“He tried to tell police, but they f**king wouldn’t listen,” Jonah Lake told a 911 dispatcher.

Seventeen months later, in November 2018, Jonah Lake was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say evidence showed he staged the home invasion and shot his father six times inside their Plain Township mansion.

In the months before he was killed, the elder Lake agreed to forfeit $30 million from his personal accounts.

Jonah Lake faces 15 years to life in prison.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.