'Menace to society' guilty on all charges
Oct 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM
It took a jury a little more than an hour Thursday to convict Jeremy M. Sax of all charges against him.
Jurors began deliberating at 1:08 p.m. Thursday and returned with guilty verdicts at 2:15 p.m. The trial began Tuesday.
Sax, 34, of Norwalk, was charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in connection with a March 1 drug-related incident.
Sax, sporting tattoos on his back, neck and shaved head, wore a salmon-colored shirt in court and covered his mouth with his hand immediately before and after Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway read the verdicts. He looked down, but showed no other emotion. He spoke to his attorney, Sarah Nation, after hearing the verdicts.
Sax's half sister, Treva Campbell, 30, of 38 Newton St., has pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. Her sentencing date is Oct. 9. Norwalk resident Larry Thornsberry, 36, Campbell's boyfriend, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of burglary and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30 for one count each of burglary and attempted tampering with evidence.
On March 1, Campbell drove Sax and Thornsberry to the victim's home, where Thornsberry grabbed the man from behind in a choke-hold and Sax repeatedly hit him with a black handgun, prosecutors and the victim have said. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said witnesses placed Campbell at the crime scene and she was waiting in the car before she decided to go inside the house to see what was taking so long.
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.
Investigators have determined the situation began to develop when Sax's then-girlfriend -- 23-year-old Brittany N. Fernekees of New London -- went to her ex-boyfriend's home to retrieve her laptop computer. Charges against her were dismissed later.
(NOTE: To read the previous story about the trial, click HERE.)
Sax, who is being represented by Sarah Nation, had until Friday to accept a plea deal.
Nation declined to comment following the verdict.
"We're extremely satisfied with the result," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said. "We strongly believe that (Sax) is a menace to society."
Querin credited Detective Eric Bardar, Monroeville Police Officer Troy Kimball and Sheriff Dane Howard with putting in long hours into the investigation and finding the firearm in the creek.
Leffler said he was satisfied with the verdict and credited police for doing good work.
He said the state initially had some difficulties with the case, since the victim was another drug dealer. Leffler said he couldn't get him to testify.
"I think he was laying low," the prosecutor said.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Reflector Staff Writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.)