September 15, 2014

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Man, 20, gets decade in prison for violent crimes

Convicted burglar Jason Donelon, right, grows emotional as Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler sentences him to 10 years in prison. Also pictured: Donelon’s attorney Andrew Korduba, left, and county Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi, foreground. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Brunswick man will spend 10 years in prison for his part in a Chippewa Lake home invasion in December and another, unrelated assault in March.

Jason Donelon, of 1956 Rocklyn Drive, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies.

Two counts of kidnapping and a count of felonious assault were dropped as part of a plea deal. That same day, he also pleaded guilty to second-degree felonious assault in the second case.

Two other men, Shane Wuensch and Brandon Ward, also have pleaded guilty to the Chippewa Lake assault and other felonies. Ward was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison, and Wuensch’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi asked for Donelon to spend 12 years in prison. Andrew Korduba, Donelon’s attorney, asked for five years.

Kimbler could have sentenced him to up to 20 years.

Razavi said Donelon deserved 12 because he has an extensive juvenile criminal history — including convictions for underage possession of alcohol, assault, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and theft. He said Donelon was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.

“This is a person who doesn’t want to conform to our laws,” Razavi said.

Donelon was accused of attacking Sharon Schuessler and her teenage son with a baseball bat and gasoline in their Chippewa Lake home in December, and attacking a tattoo artist in March. Both times, Razavi said Donelon was with a group of attackers.

Schuessler was offered a chance to speak at the sentencing hearing.

“You have devastated my family,” she told Donelon. “You need to pay for everything you’ve done to everyone.”

She said he deserved all the punishment the judge would give him.

“For the rest of my life, I’m going to be picking up the pieces from your bad decisions,” Schuessler told him.

In the second assault, Razavi accused Donelon of attacking a tattoo artist after he refused to give him a tattoo.

“He knew he was wanted by the police, and he was concerned he wouldn’t get his tattoo done before he went to prison,” Razavi said. “I think that says something about the kind of person he is.”

Donelon’s attorney said his client was “genuinely remorseful” and said it was a result of alcohol and drug addiction.

“My client started drinking and getting drunk at 13 years old,” Korduba said.

He said Donelon used marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, Ecstasy, cocaine and several prescription medications since then.

“You mentioned a list of crimes,” Korduba said. “Every single one has to do with alcohol and drugs.”

He said his client never received the help he needed during those cases as a juvenile, and said perhaps Donelon wouldn’t be in court if he had.

“What chance do we think this kid had not to end up here?” he asked.

About the Chippewa Lake case, he said Donelon didn’t attack anyone.

“This court is sentencing Jason for his involvement in this case. Jason’s involvement was his presence,” Korduba told the judge. “That doesn’t make it OK, but you have to sentence Jason for his actions — not everyone else’s actions.”

Kimbler shot back that Donelon may not have committed violence in Chippewa Lake, but Korduba wasn’t denying his client attacked the tattoo artist.

“He committed violence in the second case, which quite frankly is just as disturbing as the first,” Kimbler said, “and the idea that drug addiction is the sole cause is just untrue.”

Kimbler offered Donelon the chance to speak.

“What happened that night, I can’t take back,” Donelon told Schuessler. “I hope one day you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I’m truly sorry.”

Kimbler gave Donelon five years for both attacks, which will run consecutively.

Also in court Thursday:

• A 24-year-old convicted drug trafficker pleaded not guilty to binding and raping a woman last month.

David S. Troutman, of 388 W. Union St., Apt. 8, Medina, is charged with kidnapping and rape, first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison each.

In another, unrelated case, he’s charged with credit card theft, a fifth-degree felony punishable by a year in prison.

Troutman’s trials are scheduled for Oct. 21 on the rape charge and Oct. 28 on the theft count.

He’s being held in the county jail on $60,000 bond, reduced from $100,000 at Thursday’s hearing.

• A 56-year-old Medina man accused of leading police on a three-county car chase while intoxicated, pleaded guilty Thursday.

Gary W. Ostrowski, of 1010 Essex Lane, was convicted of failure to obey police officers, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

He’s also charged in Wadsworth Municipal Court with driving while intoxicated.

Kimbler scheduled Ostrowski’s sentencing for Oct. 3.

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