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Accomplice in violent March robbery to be arraigned

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

A co-conspirator in the violent March 18 home invasion in rural Greenwich will have his turn in court.

Eric Cover, 20, of Galion, is expected to be arraigned Friday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with two counts each of felonious assault and kidnapping as well as one charge each of robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy.

Cover was served a summons Monday.

On Sept. 14, a jury convicted Cover’s half-brother, New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, of masterminding the March incident on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. Holmberg, 27, will be held in the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced Nov. 5 for two counts of kidnapping and one count each of aggravated burglary and robbery.

Cover was secretly indicted the same day the Holmberg jury came back with guilty verdicts after three days of testimony. Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said Cover and Holmberg had been separated at a young age and became “recently reacquainted when they committed this crime.”

At Holmberg’s trial, two Galion sisters testified Holmberg gave them jewelry without explanation while he and Cover stayed with them for about a week after the robbery. The culprits reportedly stole between $600 and $700 as well as all of April Spain’s jewelry.

Victim Brandon Taft testified several suspects — as many as three — forced their way into his mobile home and tied him up in the middle of his kitchen/living room floor. He said the suspects hit him several times with a hammer and “stomped my head repeatedly” while demanding to know where there was money and marijuana.

“We feel strongly there were three people,” Howard said Thursday.

Spain, Taft’s fiancée, testified the suspects pulled her out of her bed and forced her to crawl with her head down in the hallway to the kitchen where they put coats over her head and Taft’s.

Howard testified Sept. 12 that the suspects used the coats to cover the victims’ heads so they “couldn’t fight back” or identify them.

Holmberg’s defense attorney asked Howard during the trial if Holmberg’s cousin and one of the suspected accomplices, Anthony Balducci of Cleveland, was “ever charged for this offense.”

“Not yet,” the detective responded.

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