'He was the dope boy, so that was the easiest way to get it'

Half-sister, friend testify against drug-related home invasion suspect.
Cary Ashby
Oct 2, 2013

 

The half-sister of an aggravated burglary defendant testified Wednesday the man threw an airsoft pistol wrapped in a sock out of the window of the vehicle she was driving from the crime scene.

"They took me down a back road. They had me slow down to throw the gun out of the window," said the defendant's half-sister, Treva M. Campbell, of Norwalk.

"It was Jeremy. ... All Jeremy said was, 'I have to throw this out,'" she said from the stand.

Norwalk resident Jeremy M. Sax, 34, is charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in connection with a March 1 home invasion in Fitchville Township. The male victim previously dated Sax's now ex-girlfriend -- Brittany N. Fernekees, 23, of New London. Charges against Fernekees later were dismissed. (NOTE: To read the story about that aspect of this case, click HERE.)

Campbell, in late April, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count of burglary. She will be sentenced next Wednesday.

"The state has not given me a deal to be here," she said from the witness stand. "I was never offered a deal. ... I was charged with tampering with evidence because it (the gun) was in my vehicle."

Campbell was convicted of driving Sax and her boyfriend, former Norwalk resident Larry Thornsberry, to the victim's home, where Thornsberry said he grabbed the man from behind in a choke-hold and Sax repeatedly hit him.

"He (Sax) pummels him with his fists and the metal part of the gun," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said in his opening statement. "It was quite a melee -- a mess there."

Leffler and Sax's attorney said a 15-year-old boy who lived at the home had been upstairs when the defendants entered the house, but he only came down the steps once he heard the altercation — apparently to come to the victim's rescue. Thornsberry said Sax pointed the airsoft pistol at the boy, which frightened him away.

The homeowner, who wasn't there at the time, testified she had told Sax and Fernekees that they weren't allowed to be in her home because she didn't want heroin being used there. All the defendants are heroin addicts, she said.

"I've never met Mr. Sax as far as I know," the homeowner and victim's relative said.

Thornsberry, 36, now of Sandusky, will be sentenced Oct. 30 for one count each of burglary and attempted tampering with evidence. Thornsberry, the father of two of Campbell's children, also took the stand Wednesday in Sax's trial and said he met and befriended the defendant in jail about 2005.

Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Summers, who interviewed Sax, said the defendant claimed he used his forearm to injure the victim's head, but he didn't mention the gun at first. Summers said Sax admitted to hitting the victim during the altercation.

"He claimed he got a broken nose in the fight," the deputy said.

Sax, when interviewed by deputies, reported being in "mutual combat" with the victim.

Thornsberry testified that some time after the home invasion, Sax told him to "bust me as hard as you can in the face" to make it look like he was injured in a fight. Sax's friend also said the defendant ended up with a broken nose.

"He asked me to punch him," Thornsberry said. "I know he was bleeding. I believe it was a broken nose."

Multiple deputies said Fernekees owed the victim $40 and the victim had her laptop computer as collateral. Leffler called the crime an attempt by Sax, "a consumer of drugs," to get money for drugs "from someone he knew had drugs." Thornsberry said there had been some talk before March 1 about confronting the victim, but he denied that he and Sax planned the home invasion.

Thornsberry testified it took more "force" than expected to get the drugs and money from the victim, which forced him to hold the man from behind while Sax assaulted him.

"I ended up getting him in a choke hold. He ended up getting hit by Mr. Sax," Thornsberry said. "He was the dope boy, so that was the easiest way to get it."

The victim went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center to have staples put in his head. Leffler told the jury the man "may be in hiding" and it may not be possible to get him to court during Sax's trial.

Sax's defense attorney, Sarah Nation, told the jury there's an allegation about the theft of $400, but the money wasn't recovered. She said the victim, a convicted thief and drug dealer, didn't call 9-1-1 about being attacked because "he didn't want police in his home." A Fisher-Titus employee notified deputies about treating the victim's injuries.

As Campbell drove Sax and Thornsberry away from the crime scene, she said she asked them about what happened inside the home. She testified she waited in the truck with the windows up while the pair and Fernekees went inside, but she couldn't hear anybody fighting.

"They just told me they'd be right back," Campbell said. "When they got back, they were in a hurry. I thought they were in a hurry to get to Norwalk because Rite Aid was about to close."

Campbell said her half-brother and boyfriend didn't talk about the assault as she drove away from the scene. However, she and Thornsberry testified they saw Sax throw the gun out of the passenger window.

"Jeremy just threw it over Larry's head. I was sitting beside Larry," Campbell said.

On March 8, a sheriff's office search team found the airsoft pistol in a shallow creek under a Jennings Road bridge adjacent to the Fitchville Conservation Club. Deputies credit Campbell with telling them where her half-brother ditched the gun from her vehicle. Authorities used sand bags and a sump pump to dry up the creek and locate the gun, which was wrapped in a sock.

"We didn't stop the vehicle. It was thrown out over my head," said Thornsberry, who was in the passenger seat.

Thornsberry, who attempted to help deputies find the BB-like gun, said he and Sax removed the orange or red tip from the gun to make it look like a real firearm.

Detective Sgt. Josh Querin credited Thornsberry with being the first suspect to mention the use of the gun.

"We didn't learn it was discarded until March 6," Querin said.

The detective interviewed Sax on March 4 before his bond hearing.

"He made admissions to going into the house. He made admissions to cutting up (the victim's) head ... (and) said he and should be charged with aggravated assault," Querin said.

Sax's trial continues Thursday.

Comments

itsnotme

Still cannot believe the 23 year old ex girlfriend was not charged...this seems ridiculous to me. It sounds like they wouldn't have even been there at all if it hadn't been for her...

BlackWidow

Junkies Junkies everywhere. Junkies Junkies they dont care. Refuse their demands theyll scream and shout then turn around and snitch you out.
Alot of class testifying against family when everyone clearly was involved in setting up going to the so called victims home to rob him of drugs and money.

saxkris

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BlackWidow

Bark Bark @saxkris your the dog that raised this scum.

saxkris

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BlackWidow

Maybe if you spoke english to your kids they wouldnt be in this mess. Your screen name should be Old McDonald.

Scranton Tibbs

Guilty. Good. Put him away. Same wih the rest of this white trash clan. Society is better off without garbage like this on the streets.

saxkris

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Vamp1r3

Awe saxkris is butthurt! You made a family member mad guys.....

Scranton Tibbs

Saxkris = treva : keep laughing chubby. You're the next one to get sentenced. And unlike the "quack quack " and "bark bark ", the idea of you going to jail is worth an LOL. And stop pumping out kids. You're a poor mother and I hope they take away your kids LOL :-)

Scranton Tibbs

I love when trashy people don't realize they are trashy. It's too easy.

ladydye_5

Don't mess with her...she has a 2 year degree and is a productive member of society. Can't you tell with her barnyard animal sounds! She was so proud to announce who she was last week, her education and how she was innocent, now all she does is sulk around after people making animal noises.

saxkris

Oh my DARLING clemetine!

Scranton Tibbs

Oink oink would be more appropriate for her then.

humpty_dumpty

How shocking they let brittney out. Typical trash raised by trash look at her parents her and her aunt. It seems she was behind it all so shocks me why they release her

Uralllames

With a name like scrotom tibbs I would feel real comfortable leaving lame comments.I would of probably paid child support and been a father so my son didn't end up where Sax is.Now for the rest of the newspaper warriors keep making absolutely no sense and sounding completely retarded when making comments... You all have no idea what's going on with these cases .Until you have a family member or loved one dealing with addiction like this you have no clue...Which I think the epidemic being as bad as it is every last one of you have a loved one strung out . and to say you don't is a lie .So with that keep showing how retarded you sound and how much of a lame it makes you sound like.Now let's play

Scranton Tibbs

Don't have any loved ones strung out. Addicts? I could care less about em. Deal with it. Let's play? Not with you. No thanks f-ckstick. Spend a little more time studying English. You call people retarded...read what you wrote. Go eat some more paste and go back to class. I'll argue with you when you earn it.

BlackWidow

Scranton saxkris is the mother of two of these losers and im gonna guess uralllames is Treva or her even bigger loser boyfriend

Scranton Tibbs

No need to debate the stellar parenting skills. The mugshots speak for themselves ;-). Quite the family right there.

BlackWidow

lmao

saxkris

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Joe Centers

I've taken some more looks at your posts. Tone it down a bit ... thanks, Joe

Uralllames

That's a bold face lie... And anyone who has any common sense knows that's a lie.why lie no one knows you right

Uralllames

Haha that's funny .... Just proved you have no life ...took you all but 3minutes to respond

Uralllames

You can Edit it ,reply to it ,call it inappropriate,or alert the reflector come on scrotom what's is it.....,

Uralllames

Got my point across .....No life

BlackWidow

We have lives we just like junkies trying to defend themselves.

Scranton Tibbs

You replied FOUR times. What does that say about your life? Go sharpen your syringe. "What's is it". White trash with internet access is always priceless! Hey! Print out this article. The whole fam is there. It could be like a Christmas card for you guys. Cheaper than WalMart photo.

BlackWidow

They should be thanking us productive members of society for paying for their attorneys

Scranton Tibbs

Exactly! So....Your welcome UrineAims. Glad to help!

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