September 1, 2014

Medina
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Errant bullets defendant set for change of plea

MEDINA — The retrial of a Montville Township man accused of hitting homes while target-practicing in his backyard with an AK-47-like semiautomatic assault rifle, was put off Monday.

Instead, Mark Bornino, 53, of 5544 Windfall Road, is scheduled to appear today at a change of plea hearing before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Mark Bornino

Bornino is charged with firing a gun over a public road, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

His first trial ended in a hung jury Aug. 16.

Police said Bornino and a friend, R. Daniel Volpone, of Parma, were target-practicing without a proper backstop and the bullets flew a half-mile before hitting the houses on Parnham Drive.

No one was hurt, but a police sergeant who responded to the 911 calls testified he could hear shots whizzing past his head, and one of the families said a bullet hit their home and lodged in an eye-level microwave moments after they left the kitchen.

Volpone also was charged with firing a gun over a public road. He was convicted Aug. 1 after the jury deliberated for 1½ hours. Bornino’s jury deliberated for about 10 hours.

Bornino’s attorney, V. Lee Winchell, and county Prosecutor Dean Holman declined to say how the deadlocked jurors voted.

Volpone is at the county jail awaiting his Sept. 16 sentencing.