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Grand jury indicts Jury

Courtney Astolfi • Nov 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The man accused of abducting, binding and repeatedly raping a Lorain woman now faces heftier charges for his alleged crimes.

An Erie County grand jury has indicted Brian Jury, 38, of the 10700 block of Strecker Road, on charges of attempted murder, five counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of felonious assault.

Jury’s indictments come saddled with three specifications that could add to his punishment if he’s convicted, Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.

Jury allegedly offered a ride to the victim at about 9 a.m. Nov. 1 in the city of Lorain, according to Erie County deputies. The woman accepted, as she recognized Jury from a previous encounter, but she soon found herself held at gunpoint inside his vehicle, deputies said.

Jury bound the woman’s hands with zip ties, hauled her to his Strecker Road property in Groton Township and raped her five times in a small camper, deputies said.

After he left, the woman managed to bust open the camper’s door. Despite the gag in her mouth and bindings on her hands and feet, she rolled 20 feet to the roadside, where a passing driver found her naked and alone, deputies said.

At about 6 p.m. that day, Lorain police arrested Jury on his motorcycle in the city of Lorain. He was carrying two loaded handguns, which prompted Lorain police to charge him with felony weapons offenses.

Jury is being held in the Lorain County jail, but he’ll be handed over to Erie County officials once he’s processed through the courts in the neighboring county.

“Now that he’s been indicted by the grand jury, we anticipate he’ll be made available to us within the very near future,” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

The timing of that decision is ultimately left to Lorain officials, although Sigsworth said prosecutors in both counties are collaborating on the case.

Jury’s indictments include specifications for firearms, sexual violent predator and sexual motivation.

“We’ll have to prove those specifications, in addition to the underlying counts that he was indicted on,” Baxter said.

Baxter also addressed Jury’s attempted murder charge: Jury allegedly threatened to kill the woman several times, and he was also arrested as he was driving west, back toward Erie County, Baxter said.

“We thought the circumstances were consistent with him carrying out those threats,” Baxter said.

In the meantime, Jury remains in the Lorain County jail on the weapons charges.

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