October 24, 2014

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Man suspected in mother’s slaying heads to prison for armed robbery

CLEVELAND — A 28-year-old Brunswick man who’s a suspect in his mother’s slaying has been sent to prison after pleading guilty to robbing a restaurant in Strongsville.

Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar said police are investigating Tench as a suspect in the death of his mother. No charges have yet been filed in relation to her killing.

James Tench

James Tench

“It’s still being investigated,” Solar said.

Mary Tench, 55, was found dead Nov. 12 in her vehicle in a parking lot off Carquest Drive, less than a mile south of the 758 Camden Lane home she shared with her son.

Medina County Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter said she sustained skull fractures and blunt trauma to her head and neck. He ruled her death a homicide.

Brunswick police had detained her son for questioning. Two days after her death, police turned Tench over to Strongsville police in connection with a robbery.

Tench was charged with four counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery charges for his role in an Oct. 28 robbery at Old Carolina Barbecue on Pearl Road in Strongsville.

On March 11, Tench pleaded guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony, with firearms specifications. His other charges were dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The same day, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab sentenced Tench to six years in prison.

He could have faced more than 11 years in prison under the original charges.

Tench was admitted to Lorain Correctional Institution on March 13 and is scheduled for release on Nov. 13, 2019.

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