By BRIAN BOHNERT
Two of the three suspects charged in the May shooting death of a 20-year-old Fostoria girl pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
Garrett N. Brown, 18, whose address is listed as Findlay, and Tyson J. Ogg, 19, transient, appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve C. Shuff Thursday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the May 21 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio.
The two, along with Dallas A. Salaz, 19, are accused of breaking into 218 E. Culbertson St. on May 21 and fatally shooting Mauricio. Her boyfriend, Caleb Barto, 19, was assaulted by the intruders, police said. According to court documents, the suspects had allegedly intended to steal money and illegal drugs from the house.
All three suspects were indicted by the Seneca County Grand Jury on June 12. According to court records, all charges carry firearm specifications.
Brown sat silently, unshaven and shackled, as attorney Mark Klepatz read the plea of not guilty to all counts on behalf of his client. He is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and, aggravated murder, a special felony.
During Brown’s arraignment, Shuff set a speedy trial time limit of Sept. 6 and continued his bond of $1.5 million with no 10 percent allowed.
Brown, who had his 18th birthday last Sunday, was also ordered to be moved from Seneca County Youth Center to Seneca County Jail.
If convicted, Brown faces a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.
Ogg, who was represented by attorney Francis Marley, pleaded not guilty to all three of his charges Thursday. He is being charged with complicity to commit aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; complicity to commit aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and, complicity to commit aggravated murder, a special felony.
During Ogg’s arraignment hearing, Shuff continued the $1.5 million bond with no 10 percent allowed and set a speedy trial time limit for Aug. 19. Additionally, Shuff ordered that a combined pretrial/plea date be scheduled for sometime within the next two weeks or so.
Ogg sat stone-faced and quiet during his hearing, speaking softly only when addressed by either Shuff or Marley. His eyes darted toward the media whenever camera shutters went off in his direction.
If convicted, Ogg could face a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.
Present in the packed Tiffin courtroom were family, friends and loved ones of Mauricio, as well as of both defendants. Following the day’s proceedings, Mauricio’s loved ones gathered outside the courthouse and embraced one another, wiping the tears from their eyes as they discussed the hearings.
Brown allegedly shot Mauricio with a 9 mm handgun, and Salaz allegedly struck Barto “with great force” in the right shoulder and back area, leaving welts and abrasions on his body. Ogg allegedly served as the getaway driver, court records state.
Salaz, who has yet to appear for arraignment, faces charges of complicity to commit aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; complicity to commit aggravated robbery; and, complicity to commit aggravated murder, a special felony.
He too could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In a previous interview with the Review Times, Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Janelle’s death was caused by a single gunshot wound to the leg in which the bullet “traveled and tumbled” in a way that hit vital organs.
The three suspects were arrested by Fostoria police May 22 after an investigation linked the trio to the crime. The initial 9-1-1 call came via cellphone at 11:26 p.m. May 21. The caller reported a break-in at the Culbertson Street residence and the shooting of his girlfriend.
While officers were investigating the 200 block of Culbertson Street, where the call reportedly came from, police learned that ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital was treating a female with a gunshot wound to the leg. Mauricio died at the hospital.
Barto was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital. Loreno said the injuries were not from gunshots.
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