June 29, 2016

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Conviction would not end gun ownership of Montville Twp. suspects

MONTVILLE TWP. — Two men accused of firing an AK-47 assault rifle and hitting at least two homes in a residential neighborhood would be permitted to own guns if convicted.

Mark Bornino, 53, of 5544 Windfall Road, and R. Daniel Volpone, 45, of Parma, were charged Wednesday with discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises, specifically over a public road.

Mark Bornino

R. Daniel Volpone

The charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, because “the violation created a substantial risk of physical harm to any person or caused serious physical harm to property,” according to Ohio law.

While the men are charged with a felony, Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said they are not charged with a “felony of violence,” which would have barred them from possessing firearms if convicted.

Holman said the charges could have been upgraded if the men intentionally had fired into a home.

Montville police said the two men were in Bornino’s backyard firing an AK-47 assault rifle and other guns at paper targets without a backstop. The bullets traveled over a wooded area, striking the homes about a third of a mile away, reports said.

“I don’t believe the homes were visible,” Holman said. “These bullets, they cover such a far distance.”

Holman said the investigation is not complete and additional charges are possible.

Both men were released Thursday from Medina County Jail on $25,000 bond each. Neither could be reached for comment.

Reports of bullets striking the homes sent Montville police rushing to the neighborhood.

Recordings of two 911 calls made from a home at 2907 Parnham Drive that was hit twice by bullets were released by police Thursday.

Karrie Kuruc, 28, one homeowner’s daughter, can be heard saying calmly, “It looks like someone shot a bullet, and it went through our house.”

“It went through your house?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yeah, like it went through the outside,” Kuruc said.

Kuruc described how the bullet sounded “like something falling in the sink,” and said she could see a bullet hole in the house. After officers arrived at Kuruc’s home at 2:24 p.m., a second volley of shots went off.

“During the second round of rapid gunfire, an officer reported hearing bullets going over his head and additional 911 calls from both the original calls reported that their houses were being struck again,” Montville police Sgt. Matthew Neil said.

In a second 911 call, Karrie Kuruc told a dispatcher another bullet had pierced the wall and sailed into the kitchen, where it was embedded in a microwave oven.

Neil said officers located and confronted the shooters at gunpoint just as they were firing a third volley.

“Both men were ordered to the ground and taken into custody,” Neil said.

Neil said Bornino and Volpone had been drinking alcohol, but they were “nowhere close to the legal limit.”

Police seized the AK-47 rifle, two high-capacity magazines and three handguns: a 9 mm, 380-caliber and 22-caliber pistols. Also confiscated were 628 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition for the AK-47 and about 100 cartridges for the pistols.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.