Couch honored for 'hard work, tenacity and courage'

Cary Ashby • Dec 20, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch has received a civil commendation mainly for her handling and prosecution of serial rapist McClain Durst.

Sheriff Todd Corbin presented Couch with the commendation as a surprise Wednesday. Lt. Bill Duncan, who was serving as the detective who investigated the Durst case when it went to trial, nominated her for the award, which came from the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association.

“On behalf of victims assistance and victims everywhere, we’d like to thank Miss Bambi Couch for her hard work, tenacity and courage in prosecuting these crimes,” said Linda Border, executive director of the county victims assistance program.

Durst, 29, of Sandusky, is serving a 33-year prison term for sexually assaulting four females in June and July 2017. Following a seven-day trial, jurors deliberated for about seven hours Aug. 29 before finding Durst guilty of 11 felonies

Members of the prosecutor’s office said they were aware of Couch being nominated for the civil commendation, but they kept it a secret. Couch was recognized for her outstanding work and “enormous amount of effort” in representing the state in court. 

Previously with the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, Couch was hired by Huron County Prosecutor James Joe Sitterly soon after he was elected in 2016.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector intern Danielle Ashakih contributed to this story.

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