December 22, 2014

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Trial postponed in Montville gun case

MEDINA — One of the men accused of unintentionally hitting two Montville Township homes while target shooting an assault rifle in January had his trial in Medina County Common Pleas Court postponed.

Mark Bornino, 53, of 5544 Windfall Road, Montville Township, was scheduled for a June 19 trial on a charge of firing a gun over a public road, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Mark Bornino

R. Daniel Volpone

His trial was continued to Aug. 12.

R. Daniel Volpone, 45, of Parma, is scheduled for a June 24 trial on the same charge.

The two men are free on bond. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier set a weapons ban to both men as a condition of bond.

Monvtille Township police arrested Bornino and Volpone on Jan. 16 after officers found them firing an AK-47 assault rifle at targets in Bornino’s backyard without a backstop.

Police said the bullets traveled a third of a mile to Parnham Drive, which lies on the other side of a forested area from Bornino’s home, and struck two houses there.

Residents called 911 to report the shootings.

No one was injured, but one resident said a bullet pierced her house and lodged in a microwave moments after her family members left the kitchen.

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

State law and federal law differ on whether the men will be allowed to own guns if they are convicted.

Bornino’s and Volpone’s trials originally were set for May 22 and June 10, respectively.

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