August 20, 2014

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Man could face prison on gun theft charges

MEDINA — A 30-year-old Medina man pleaded not guilty Monday to firearm theft charges that would give him mandatory prison time if he’s convicted.

David M. Schell, of 650 Sturbridge Drive, is charged with grand theft of a firearm and having weapons with a violent felony conviction. Last year, he was convicted of domestic violence and was barred from possessing weapons.

David Schell

David Schell

If convicted this time around, he could face three or more years in prison — plus one year of mandatory prison time for a firearm specification accusing him of having a gun while committing a crime.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Schell for a July 14 trial.

According to police reports, a woman alerted police March 8 that her CVA Optima .50-caliber Muzzleloader shotgun had been stolen from a safe in Schell’s mother’s home.

The woman alleged Schell stole the gun Feb. 11. Schell originally was charged with receiving stolen property in Medina Municipal Court, but his case was bound over to Medina County Common Pleas Court.

This isn’t Schell’s first time in felony court. He’s appeared in five other cases since 2005 on charges of domestic violence, theft, breaking and entering, having criminal tools and failing to register as a sex offender.

Schell was released from the Medina County Jail on a personal recognizance bond March 19.

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