Judge: Boy, 17, to be tried as adult
A 17-year-old boy’s criminal case that includes an aggravated murder charge will be tried in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.
A spokeswoman from Seneca County Juvenile Court said Tuesday Seneca County Juvenile Court Judge Jay Meyer decided Tuesday morning to bind over 17-year-old Garrett Brown’s case to Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Brown appeared in Meyer’s courtroom Friday for a hearing regarding the decision.
Brown is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, all with firearm specifications, in connection to a burglary and shooting last month in Fostoria that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio and the beating of her boyfriend, 19-year-old Caleb Barto, according to Rhonda Best, an assistant prosecutor for Seneca County.
Previous charges were dismissed and the new charges were filed in juvenile court.
Barto and Mauricio were in their living room at 218 E. Culbertson St. the night of May 21 when Brown and another man, Dallas Salaz, 19, allegedly kicked in their door, according to police.
Salaz then allegedly assaulted Barto with a heavy metal bar iron and Brown allegedly shot Mauricio in the leg after a struggle with her. Mauricio died later at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
Another man, Tyson Ogg, 18, served as the getaway driver, according to testimony from Detective Shilo Frankart of the Fostoria Police Department.
Ogg is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault, and Salaz is charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Their cases are expected to be presented to a grand jury today.
Rhonda Best, an assistant prosecutor for Seneca County, said Tuesday she could not comment on whether Brown’s case also would be presented to a grand jury today.
The court spokeswoman said Meyer set Brown’s bond at $1.5 million Tuesday.