Ohio Supreme Court denies appeal from Niles teen accused of murder

Jacob Larosa is facing aggravated murder and attempted rape charges for the beating death of Marie Belcastro in March 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by the attorneys of Jacob Larosa, the teen accused of killing his elderly neighbor.

The appeal was filed after the 11th District Court of Appeals denied a motion questioning Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood’s decision to move his case into the adult system. The decision means that the 16 year old will continue to be tried as an adult in the case.

Larosa is facing several felony charges including aggravated murder and attempted rape for the beating death of 94-year-old Marie Belcastro at her Cherry Street home. The attack happened in March of 2015, just hours after he was released from the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center.

If convicted on the charges, Larosa faces a sentence of life without parole.

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