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Rape suspect back in Erie County

Courtney Astolfi • Dec 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The Strecker Road man accused of abducting and violently raping a Lorain woman on Nov. 1 is now behind bars in Erie County.

Brian Jury, 38, was transferred to the Erie County jail on Monday to await his first pre-trial hearing on charges of attempted murder, five counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of felonious assault.

Jury allegedly offered a woman a ride in Lorain on Nov. 1, then held her at gunpoint, bound her hands with zip ties, and hauled her to his Strecker Road property in Groton Township, Erie County deputies said.

When they arrived at his small camper, Jury tied the woman’s legs, gagged her mouth and raped her five times, deputies said.

Hours later, Jury left the camper. The woman busted through his door and made her way to the roadside, where a passing driver found her, still tied and unclothed, deputies said.

Lorain police arrested Jury that evening inside the city of Lorain. He was driving west on his motorcycle, carrying two loaded handguns when police stopped him, deputies said.

Since then, Jury has been incarcerated in the Lorain County jail on weapons charges stemming from his arrest. He was transported to Erie County on Nov. 26 for an arraignment hearing and taken back to the Lorain County jail that day.

But on Monday, Lorain County officials dropped Jury’s weapons charges and released him into Erie County custody, where he’ll likely stay for the duration of his trial, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

“The charges there have been dismissed, he will now be held here in lieu of bond” Sigsworth said.

Jury’s weapons charges could resurface sometime in the future, but prosecutors have been focused on his attempted murder, rape, kidnapping and assault charges.

"That (weapons) charge could be brought later if the prosecutor chooses to do so, but he’s facing very, very serious felonies here— much more serious than the charges he was facing in Lorain County” Sigsworth said.

At his arraignment hearing, Jury’s attorney asked Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette to reconsider his client’s bond. After conferring with the Erie County Adult Probation Department, Binette denied that request.

Jury remains behind bars on $350,000 bond.

His first pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., according to court documents.


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