Ohio teen pleads no con­test to slay­ing

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

An 18-year-old Ohio man has pleaded no con­test to charges that he tried to rape his 94-year-old neigh­bor and beat her to death with a flash­light.

The War­ren Tri­bune Chron­i­cle re­ports Ja­cob LaRosa en­tered the plea to ag­gra­vated mur­der and at­tempted rape charges and was found guilty Tues­day in north­east Ohio’s Trum­bull County.

The plea came as jury se­lec­tion for his trial was about to be­gin.

Au­thor­i­ties say LaRosa killed Maria Bel­cas­tro in March 2015 at her home in Niles. LaRosa, who was 15 at the time, had just been re­leased from a ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter.

He was ar­rested af­ter stum­bling home cov­ered with blood.

Ef­forts to keep LaRosa’s case in Ju­ve­nile Court were un­suc­cess­ful.

Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled to be­gin April 5.

LaRosa’s at­tor­ney de­clined to com­ment Tues­day.

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