Plea bargain pending in Fitchville home invasion case

Cary Ashby • Sep 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man accused of being involved in a Fitchville Township home invasion has until Friday to accept the state's final plea offer.

Jeremy M. Sax, 34, is charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in connection with a March 1 incident. His trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for Oct. 1 and is expected to last three or four days.

"We offered a five-year (prison) sentence with transitional control. That has been turned down," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said at Monday's pre-trial hearing. "We're willing to leave it open until Friday."

Sax and defense attorney Sarah Nation confirmed they had turned down the prosecutor's offer earlier.

"I've only been offered one offer over the last seven months," Sax told Judge Jim Conway.

Leffler said the state offered no deal for the male victim.

"There were some charges pending in juvenile court at the time of victimization," he said.

Sax's sister, Treva M. Campbell, 30, of 38 Newton St., is a co-defendant in the case. She is the girlfriend of a third accomplice, Norwalk resident Larry Thornsberry, 36.

Campbell, in late April, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count of burglary. Prosecutors have said Campbell is expected to testify against her brother. She will be sentenced Oct. 9.

Thornsberry pleaded guilty in April to burglary and attempted tampering with evidence. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for today; however that was pushed back until Oct. 30.

Campbell drove Sax and Thornsberry to the victim's home, where Thornsberry grabbed the victim from behind in a choke-hold and Sax repeatedly hit him with a black handgun, prosecutors and the victim have said. After the assault, Campbell drove her accomplices away from the scene and stopped the vehicle so Sax could throw out the weapon.

On March 8, a Huron County Sheriff's Office search team found an airsoft pistol in water under a Jennings Road bridge adjacent to the Fitchville Conservation Club.

The victim went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center to have staples put in his head.

Campbell's defense attorney, Tom Freeman, has denied his client entered the house, but prosecutors have said witnesses placed her at the scene and Campbell, who had been waiting in the car, decided to go inside the victim's house to see what was taking so long.

Investigators determined the situation began to develop when Sax's girlfriend -- a 23-year-old New London woman -- went to her ex-boyfriend's home to retrieve her laptop computer. Charges against her were dismissed later.

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