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Home invasion suspects plead not guilty

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 05:38 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – Two of the three suspects in a Harrison County home invasion went before a judge on Tuesday.
Bryan Nicosia and Kara Clark appeared for their role in a July 22 incident in which they, along with a third suspect, Autumn Stabile, allegedly went into the Jewett home of 71-year-old Joe Gale, tied him up with a fan chord and beat and robbed him.
Stabile had already been arraigned and remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.
An attorney representing Nicosia, the suspect facing the most serious charges, asked that his client’s bond (set last week at $200,000) be reduced. Common Pleas Court Judge T. Shawn Hervey shot down that request and Nicosia quickly entered a written not guilty plea.
Nicosia was told he faces up to 22 years behind bars for his alleged role. He’s been charged with two felonies in the first degree -- one of kidnapping and the other of aggravated burglary.
On Tuesday, the defense argued that even if his bond was lowered, Nicosia wouldn't be able to post it. Despite that, a prior criminal record, including a 2006 conviction for felony aggravated assault out of Pennsylvania came into play.
"That, coupled with the allegations in this case -- two felonies in the first degrees, the alleged injuries inflicted on the victim, and the fact that Mr. Nicosia did leave the jurisdiction -- we believe it was appropriate to leave the level of $200,000,” Harrison County Prosecutor Michael Washington said.
It was then Clark’s turn. She, too, entered a not guilty plea to her charges -- complicity to burglary, complicity to kidnapping, and an added charge of obstruction of justice.
“So that means you could be facing 25 years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,” Hervey said. “Do you understand that?"
All three will be back in court next month, tentatively set for Sept. 16.

Home invasion suspects plead not guilty

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