WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County man accused of forging his military discharge papers to get a Purple Heart license plates was back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
Veterans and Purple Heart recipients packed the courtroom waiting to see Keith Chandler.
Chandler’s lawyer Gary Rich plans to file an application with the court seeking intervention in lieu of conviction.
“Based on the injuries Keith sustained as a result of his combat fighting in Iraq, I believe he is entitled to it,” said Rich.
Trumbull County veteran Herman Breuer said it is not about his service in the military, it’s how he received the Purple Heart plates.
“We know he served in the military. We know he is a combat veteran. What we are challenging is the fact that he had the Purple Heart plates,” Breuer said.
Prosecutors said they will oppose Chandler’s intervention application. He is due back in court next month.