July 24, 2016

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Brunswick man charged with beating, robbing teenage friend for $20

Steven Kochera

Steven Kochera

MEDINA — A Brunswick man is accused of beating a teenager and stealing $20 from his wallet.

Steven Kochera, 21, of Regal Avenue, was arraigned in court in front of Judge Christopher Collier Monday. He entered a plea of not guilty to robbery.

The charge is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of up to eight years, because a grand jury found evidence he beat the victim. An indictment was issued on July 30. Kochera was arrested on Aug. 6.

Collier requested a public defender be appointed to represent Kochera.

A Brunswick Police report stated Kochera called an 18-year-old friend over to his house to talk on July 11. When the teen arrived, he was attacked by Kochera, who took $20 from his wallet. The report stated the victim suffered injuries to his face and required medical treatment.

The victim requested an order of protection against Kochera following the robbery but later withdrew his request.

In 2012, Kochera was sentenced to 180 days in jail for a probation violation on an original charge of receiving stolen property — a motor vehicle — a fourth-degree felony. He also had several smaller charges in Medina Municipal Court in 2011. He was found guilty of theft and unauthorized use of property in two separate incidents in 2011. Municipal court records state he was ordered to pay restitution and sentenced to probation.

Kochera is being held at the Medina County Jail on a $100,000 bond. A pre-trial date has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 9.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.