July 1, 2016

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‘Most wanted man’ pleads guilty to gun, hammer attack

MEDINA — A Medina man who was on the U.S. Marshal Service’s most wanted list pleaded guilty Monday to felonious assault, aggravated burglary and robbery after prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges.

Police said that Dayshawn C. Wheeler, 23, 525 Birch Hill Drive, Apt. B7, broke into a Hemlock Court apartment in Brunswick on May 16 and beat 19-year-old Tarome Boyd with a semiautomatic handgun and stabbed him in the back with the claw-end of a hammer.

Dayshawn Wheeler

Boyd escaped to a neighboring unit, where a resident called police, according to reports. He was taken to Medina Hospital and later to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with a stab wound, broken ribs and a fractured skull.

Police offered no motive for the attack.

As part of the plea deal, Wheeler pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, which are first-degree felonies; three counts of second-degree felonious assault; and two counts of evidence tampering, third-degree felonies.

Seven of his nine remaining charges include firearm specifications, which add additional prison time.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler could sentence Wheeler to up to 86 years in prison.

Wheeler eluded police custody for months and in August was placed on the U.S. Marshal’s most wanted list. He turned himself in on Sept. 3 and initially pleaded not guilty Sept. 13.

This wasn’t Wheeler’s first run-in with the law.

In 2011, he spent six months in jail after pleading guilty to robbery, theft and domestic violence. Two years earlier, he spent a month in jail after pleading guilty to crack cocaine possession and resisting arrest.

Wheeler will be sentenced June 27.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.