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Jeffrey Miraldi arraigned on tampering charge related to homicide (UPDATED)

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    Judge Gary Bennett makes a notation as he handles the video arraignment of Jeffrey Miraldi Monday morning.




    Elyria PD


ELYRI A — Jeffrey Miraldi was arraigned Monday in Elyria Municipal Court on charges of tampering with evidence.

Miraldi, 20, is the son of Lorain County Judge John Miraldi and faces charges stemming from an incident police said was a drug deal that turned into a robbery in which 19-year-old Cody Snyder was shot and killed.

John Miraldi is not under investigation in the case, but he was listed as the registered owner of the 2014 Ford Focus in which Snyder was shot and killed. Police said Jeffrey Miraldi was driving the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

The arraignment was by way of video in front of Judge Gary Bennett. Miraldi was being held in Lorain County Jail on $200,000 bond. He was arrested Friday afternoon while at work at Lucas Plumbing and Heating, in Lorain — a job he told Bennett he no longer has as a result of his arrest.

Bennett said Miraldi could face a maximum of five years in prison if found guilty of the tampering with evidence charge, a third-degree felony.

Kajaun Anderson, 18, and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, have been charged with aggravated murder in connection with Snyder’s death. The state has made a motion to prosecute the juveniles as adults.

Attorney Anthony Manning was appointed as Jeffrey Miraldi’s attorney. A preliminary hearing will be Thursday afternoon.

Manning said as an adult, Jeffrey Miraldi’s parents aren’t responsible for him, which is why he was able to have an attorney appointed by the court.

“Basically, the judge asks if you can afford an attorney,” Manning said. “You’re asked if you have stocks, bonds, a house, cars and what kind of debt you have. You then have to fill out an affidavit. Based on that information, if you meet the requirements, you can be appointed an attorney.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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