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Milan man indicted on burglary charge

Cary Ashby • Nov 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

An Erie County grand jury has indicted a rural Milan man in connection with breaking a kitchen window to access an ex-Marine's nearby home.

Jesse H. Murr, 29, of 110 Strecker Road, is charged with burglary in connection with a Sept. 27 incident at a neighbor's home. If convicted of the second-degree felony, he faces two to eight years in prison.

Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call about 12:40 a.m. regarding a burglary in progress at 118 Strecker Road. Upon arrival, two Erie County sheriff's deputies found the homeowner, Scott A. Stith, 45, standing inside the kitchen and holding Murr at gunpoint with a .45 caliber Springfield Armory Model 1911-A1.

Chief Deputy Jared Oliver, citing the deputy's report, said Murr was believed to be intoxicated at the time, but he apparently didn't submit to a sobriety test. Oliver also said he doesn't know of any previous issues between Murr and the homeowner.

Stith and his family were sleeping at the time of the break-in. Sheriff Paul Sigsworth has said Stith retrieved his gun from his bedroom and went downstairs after he heard "the window being smashed."

"(Murr) was standing in the kitchen when Mr. Stith confronted him," Sigsworth said soon after the incident.

The would-be victim called 9-1-1, telling dispatchers: "He just broke into my back door."

"I've got glass all over the place. I got him down on the floor and I got a gun right on him," said Stith, who told Murr "don't you (expletive) move" at one point.

The back door was locked when Stith and his wife went to bed. Murr is accused of breaking a back window in the kitchen to enter the home.

When Sgts. Dennis Papineau and Daniel McGlothlin arrived at Stith's home, Murr was lying face down on the floor inside the enclosed back porch with the would-be victim holding him at gunpoint. Stith's wife was in the nearby kitchen.

"While transporting (Murr) to the jail, he repeatedly apologized for his actions. Jesse could offer no explanation for his behavior and at one point even denied having been inside Scott and Jodi's home," according to the deputy's report.

About 10 minutes before the 9-1-1 call, Murr fled his home after a domestic dispute complaint, which involved two female relatives. Deputies weren't able to find the suspect upon arrival.

"Nobody was injured. There was an indication someone was pushed by Mr. Murr," Sigsworth said.

Murr was released Oct. 18 from the Erie County Jail when he posted a $50,000 bond.

In another grand jury case heard this month, Everett S. Lawson, 32, of 14599 County Road 32, Bellevue, was charged with possession of heroin. The Perkins Township Police Department investigated the Aug. 19 incident.

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