September 2, 2014

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Man convicted of attacking woman with baseball bat

MEDINA — A Brunswick Hills Township man was convicted Tuesday of attacking a 43-year-old Chippewa Lake woman with a baseball bat in December.

Brandon M. Ward, 19, of 4086 Boston Road, Lot 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and second-degree felonious assault. A second charge of aggravated burglary and two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies, were dropped.

Brandon Ward

Ward is scheduled to be sentenced July 15 by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Ward was accused of breaking into the woman’s home, and then beating her with the bat and throwing gasoline on her and her 14-year-old son.

The boy was taken to Lodi Community Hospital, police reported. The woman refused treatment.

A county sheriff’s deputy reported the woman’s 17-year-old son said the motive for the attack was a dispute over a girl at school.

Two Brunswick men also are facing charges in the attack: Shane A. Wuensch, 19, of 837 Pennys Drive, and Jason T. Donelon, 19, of 1956 Rocklyn Drive, pleaded not guilty in March and April to charges identical to those against Ward.

Shane Wuensch

Jason Donelon

Jury trials for Wuensch and Donelon are scheduled for July 8.

All three men are facing additional, unrelated charges in Common Pleas Court.

• Ward pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbery, a second-degree felony. In September, he pleaded no contest to unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance and marijuana trafficking, fifth-degree felonies.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

• Wuensch pleaded guilty to possessing the stimulant N-benzylpiperazine, a third-degree felony. He also was charged with selling the hallucinogen 25B-NBOMe, a fifth-degree felony. His two pending cases will be tried together on July 8, and sentencing on the third-degree possession charge will be on hold until after the other two cases are complete.

• Donelon has a count of second-degree felonious assault in a separate case, which is set for a July 1 trial.

All three men are being held at the county jail. Ward and Donelon have total bonds of $350,000, and Wuensch has a total bond of $600,000.

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