MEDINA — The third man in a trio accused of throwing gasoline on a Chippewa Lake family and beating them with baseball bats in December has pleaded guilty.
Shane Wuensch, 19, of 837 Pennys Drive, Brunswick, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated burglary and felonious assault, first- and second-degree felonies.
In exchange for his plea, Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury dropped a second charge of aggravated burglary and two counts of kidnapping.
Wuensch also pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in hallucinogens, fifth-degree felonies. He previously pleaded guilty to possessing n-benzylpiperazine, a drug similar to amphetamines.
Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled a joint sentencing on all three cases for Sept. 30.
In the gasoline and bat assault, two other men have been convicted: Brandon Ward and Jason Donelon.
Collier sentenced Ward, 19, of Brunswick Hills Township, to 15 years in prison for the attack and an unrelated case of possessing a dangerous weapon and marijuana trafficking.
Donelon, of Brunswick, who’s also charged in an unrelated felonious assault, is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 22 in Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler’s courtroom.
County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he was pleased with the outcome of the three cases.
“The victims of the case went through a horrible event. It was fortunate no one was horribly hurt,” Holman said. “
Any time anyone has gasoline thrown on them, there’s a risk of terrible harm. The moment the prosecutor’s office found out about the case, we focused on it.”
He said there’s one more man who was involved in the attack, but he hasn’t been identified.
Sharon Schuessler, whose family was attacked that day, said last month at Ward’s sentencing hearing that her 5-year-old son was home during the assault, and now she has to tell him “there are no bad guys” around their home.
On Friday, she said she too was pleased the men were being punished for their actions.
“I’m glad they’re coming to justice,” Schuessler said. “But I can’t rest until they’re all put away.”
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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