July 1, 2016


Teen pleads guilty to ditching gun after Medina Twp. shooting

MEDINA — An 18-year-old Medina Township man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to get rid of a gun used in a shooting at the township Dairy Queen in March.

Mason Braun was convicted of tampering with evidence. At his July 14 sentencing hearing, Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier could put Braun in prison for up to three years.

Mason Braun

Mason Braun

Police said Braun tried to hide the gun after it was used to shoot 22-year-old Martez Hope on March 20. Police have said they suspect the shooting was drug-related. Officers reported finding the revolver behind the Bill Doraty Kia dealership, just west of the Dairy Queen.

Hope was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was listed in critical condition in March and April. A hospital spokeswoman said Hope was in serious condition Monday.

“He’s still here,” the spokeswoman said.

Police say 48-year-old Terry Yuschak, of Perrysville, was the shooter. Yuschak awaits a June 9 trial on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and having weapons while on parole or probation.

If convicted, Yuschak could face 11 or more years in prison.

Medina Township Police Chief David Arbogast said police are still investigating the case.

“Right now, we have a lot of the evidence processed,” he said. “We’ve got the bullet, but I’m not sure we’ve done a lot in the way of interviews with the victim.”

He said the specific motive in the case is yet to be determined.

“There’s still just theories at this point,” Arbogast said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.