September 18, 2014

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2 men plead not guilty to weapons charges

MEDINA — A Medina County judge barred two men from possessing weapons as long as they’re facing trials for unintentionally hitting two Montville Township homes with bullets fired from an AK-47 assault rifle in January.

Mark Bornino

R. Daniel Volpone

R. Daniel Volpone, 45, of Parma, pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of firing a gun over a public road, a third-degree felony. Mark Bornino, 53, of 5544 Windfall Road, Montville Township, pleaded not guilty to the same charge Feb. 19.

Both men are out of Medina County Jail on bond. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier set the weapons ban as a condition of their bonds.

If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Volpone and Bornino were arrested Jan. 16 after police found them firing the assault rifle at targets without a backstop in Bornino’s backyard.

Police had received 911 calls from two Parnham Drive homes about a third of a mile away. Both homes reported bullets had pierced their homes, and one resident said a bullet lodged in a microwave in the family’s kitchen.

No one was injured.

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

Volpone’s trial is scheduled for June 10 and Bornino’s is May 22.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.