By BRIAN BOHNERT
The plea date for one of the three suspects charged in the late-May shooting death of a 20-year-old Fostoria girl has been rescheduled.
Tyson Ogg, 18, transient, went before Seneca County Judge Steve C. Shuff Monday for a pretrial/plea hearing.
Ogg could face a maximum prison sentence of life without parole in the May 21 fatal shooting of Janelle Mauricio. 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 Monday’s hearing, Shuff granted a motion by Ogg’s attorney, Francis Marley, to reschedule the defendant’s plea date to 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 2.
“The court notes that this is an indictment of two felonies of the first degree and a special felony. These are the most serious charges that can be filed in the state of Ohio,” Shuff said. “As a result, the court will give the appropriate time for counsel to discuss and prepare this case.
Ogg, along with Dallas A. Salaz, 19, Fostoria, and Garrett N. Brown, 18, were indicted by the Seneca County Grand Jury in papers filed June 12 in connection to the shooting death of Mauricio. According to court records, all charges carry firearm specifications.
The trio is 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.
Salaz was arraigned nearly one month after his alleged cohorts, Ogg and Brown, who both pleaded not guilty to their respective charges June 26.
Salaz faces charges of 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. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Salaz entered a plea of not guilty to three felony charges Friday inside Shuff’s courtroom.
During Brown’s June 26 arraignment, Shuff set a speedy trial time limit of Sept. 6 and continued his bond of $1.5 million with no 10 percent allowed. He was also ordered to be moved from Seneca County Youth Center to the Seneca County Jail due to recently turning 18 years old.
He is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and aggravated murder, a special felony. If convicted, Brown faces a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.
Brown is scheduled for a pretrial/plea date at 9:30 a.m. July 23.
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.
In a previous interview with the Review Times, Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Mauricio’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.
All three suspects are being held at Seneca County Jail.
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