Robbery accomplice re-indicted in home invasion

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

A Huron County grand jury re-indicted a suspected co-conspirator in a 2007 rural Greenwich home invasion because of language technicalities in the original court document.

Eric Cover, 20, of Galion, was charged Friday with two counts each of felonious assault and kidnapping. He also faces one charge each of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and conspiracy.

In November, Cover's half-brother, former New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, 28, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for masterminding the violent March 18, 2007 incident on Greenwich Milan Townline Road.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, after Cover's original arraignment in September, said he had hoped to have Cover testify against Holmberg, "but Mr. Cover has chosen a different route."

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff explained Friday why Cover needed to re-indicted.

"There is a mental element to all offenses," he said, and defendants have to have a "guilty mind." "You have to have a mental state (mentioned) in the body of the indictment."

However, a state Supreme Court case says any indictment a formal criminal charge that doesn't include the phrases "recklessly," "knowingly" or purposefully" are "no good," Woodruff said. He said the new charges against Cover mention that he is accused of committing the offense "purposely and knowingly."

The male victim has said as many as three suspects forced their way into his mobile home and tied him up in the middle of the floor. He said the men hit him several times with a hammer while demanding to know where there was money and marijuana.

The female victim told the court the culprits stole between $600 and $700, one of her purses and all of her jewelry.

Two Galion sisters have testified that Holmberg gave them jewelry and a purse without explanation while he and Cover stayed with their family for about a week after the offense.

Others indicted Friday include:

Richard C. Chylik, 26, of 24 Bond St., Milan, on two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) and one charge of driving with a DUI-related suspended license. Woodruff said the driver failed to submit to a breathalyzer test after the March 29 traffic stop.

Thomas E. Marquis Jr, 27, of Bellefontaine, on six counts of importuning in connection with incidents on Jan. 8 and March 1, 2007; June 2 and 15, 2007 and July 3 and 6, 2007. Woodruff said the defendant is accused of soliciting Wakeman Police Officer Josh Rice, who was pretending to be a 14-year-old girl in a computer chat room, for sex. Marquis was arrested after he came to the village.

"There are some pending charges down in Logan County," Woodruff said about pornographic pictures involving children authorities found on Marquis' computer after they used a search warrant.

William M. McCullough, 63, of 1732 S. U.S. 250, New London, on assaulting a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon in connection with a May 12 incident. He currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.

Vanessel Sexton, 49, of 4957 Egypt Road, Willard, on possession of crack cocaine in connection with a May 30 incident.

Jesus R. Silva, 50, of 408 S. Old State Road, Apt. 32, on passing bad checks in connection with a March 29, 2006 incident.

Eric C. Whidden, 43, of 6405 Leroy Road, Wakeman, on cultivation of marijuana in connection with an Aug. 19, 2007 incident.

Jesse J. Whitt, 50, of Mansfield, on trafficking in crack cocaine in connection with a May 21 incident.

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