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Murder suspects plead not guilty

By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER

TIFFIN — Two men charged in the May shooting death of a 20-year-old Fostoria woman pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

Garrett N. Brown, 18, whose address is listed as Findlay, and Tyson J. Ogg, 19, who is listed as a transient, appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Steve Shuff on Thursday afternoon and entered not guilty pleas to charges stemming from the May 21 fatal shooting of Janelle Mauricio.

The two, along with Dallas A. Salaz, 19, are accused of breaking into 218 E. Culbertson St. 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.

Brown sat silently, unshaven and shackled, as attorney Mark Klepatz entered the pleas to all counts on his behalf. He is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and aggravated murder, a special felony.

Shuff set a trial date for Brown of Sept. 6 and continued his bond at $1.5 million with no 10 percent allowed.

Brown, who turned 18 last Sunday, was also ordered to be moved from Seneca County Youth Center to the Seneca County jail.

If convicted, Brown faces a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.

Ogg, who was represented by attorney Francis Marley, is 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.

Shuff continued Ogg’s $1.5 million bond with no 10 percent allowed, and set a trial date of Aug. 19.

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 friends and family of Mauricio, as well as of both defendants.

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.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno has 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.

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