Home invasion victims Brandon Taft and April Spain hugged when the judge announced the verdict. Taft leaned over and gave his girlfriend a kiss on her forehead.
A few minutes later, Spain hugged the primary investigator, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard.
After a three-day trial and about 45 minutes of deliberation, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury convicted defendant Eric D. Cover, 20, of Ashland, of seven felonies for a March 18, 2007 home invasion. He was found guilty of two counts of kidnapping plus one charge each of aggravated burglary, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and conspiracy. The jurors acquitted him of felonious assault.