November 1, 2014

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Man pleads not guilty to stabbing his mom

MEDINA — A 57-year-old Brunswick man pleaded not guilty Monday to stabbing his 77-year-old mother in the arm with a butcher knife.

Joseph M. Lopilato, of 1320 Cross Creek Drive, Apt. 137, is scheduled for a Feb. 3 trial on two counts of second-degree felonious assault, punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Joseph Lopilato

Lopilato was arrested Nov. 15 after police reported he stabbed his mother, Katherine Placek, following a domestic argument.

Police were alerted by Southwest General Medical Center in Middleburg Heights after Placek was admitted there.

Lopilato and Placek live together, according to Medina County records.

Lopilato is being held at the county jail on $150,000 bond.

His attorney, John Quillin, asked the judge to release Lopilato on a signature bond Monday. County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury opposed Lopilato’s release, saying he had an aggravated robbery conviction from 1987.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier agreed with the prosecutor.

“It says here there was a butcher knife,” Collier said, reading from the indictment. “I’m a little reluctant about a personal recognizance bond.”

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