Two Suspects Arraigned in Assault of 71-Year-Old Man

Two of three suspects accused of assaulting a 71-year-old man during a home invasion last month were arraigned this week.

Bryan K. Nicosia, 31, whose last known address is 129 S. Muskingum St., Cadiz, appeared in Harrison County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for his arraignment. Nicosia is one of three suspects accused in the case of a violent home invasion that took place in Jewett on July 22.

The victim, 71-year-old Joe Gale, was beaten and tied to a chair in his home while the three suspects allegedly rooted through his home and left with approximately $4,000 in cash and gold coins.

Nicosia faces charges of aggravated burglary and kidnapping, both felonies of the first degree. Both counts carry sentences of up to 11 years in prison, meaning if Nicosia is convicted he could receive a 22-year sentence. He entered a plea of not guilty.

At the arraignment, Nicosia’s attorney, Joseph Vavra, requested that bond be lowered. It was previously set at $200,000. Vavra acknowledged that Nicosia had left the state after the burglary was committed and was later arrested by U.S. Marshals in Detroit. However, Nicosia claims he had traveled for work.

Prosecutor Michael Washington said factors taken into consideration regarding bond included the violent nature of the crime, Nicosia’s criminal record, which includes a 2006 aggravated assault conviction in Pennsylvania, and flight risk.

Judge Shawn Hervey denied the request and bond remains set at $200,000. Nicosia was remanded to the custody of the Harrison County Sheriff and transported back to the Jefferson County Jail.